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Regimental number72
Place of birthCardiff, South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
Address'Sugar House', Lawson Street, Hamilton, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFather, J W Cheyne, 'Sugar House', Lawson Street, Hamilton, New South Wales
Enlistment date24 July 1915
Place of enlistmentNewcastle, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name30th Battalion, Headquarters
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/47/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A72 Beltana on 9 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Machine Gun Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 15 May 1917

FateReturned to Australia 15 May 1919

Military Medal

'At BULLECOURT during the operations from 3rd to 10th May 1917, these men [CHEYNE, 117 E.J. HAMMETT, 289 H. MARTIN] displayed very gallant conduct. They were responsible for a line communication between Company Headquarters and Forward Sections, and with Brigade Headquarters. For 40 hours after zero they worked in the open under heavy shell fire, without rest and regardless of personal safety. The line was cut nineteen times on the night of 3rd/4th May, and these men passed through the artillery barrage many times on their repair work, which was so well carried out that this unit was at times the only one in communication with Brigade Headquarters, many messages being sent over our line to Forward Battalions in consequence. Their bravery and devotion to duty was of the highest order.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 189
Date: 8 November 1917

Other detailsMedals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death27 October 1952
Place of burialNorthern Suburbs Crematorium

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