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Regimental number665
Place of birthOberon, New South Wales
OccupationPostal assistant
AddressOberon, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 11.5"
Weight150 lbs
Next of kinFather, Charles Cunynghame, Oberon, New South Wales
Enlistment date19 August 1914
Place of enlistmentSydney, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name1st Battalion, E Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/18/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A19 Afric on 18 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Division Headquarters
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)


Recommendation date: 25 February 1917

FateReturned to Australia 3 December 1918
Discharge date29 March 1919
Family/military connectionsBrother: 6091 Driver Oswald Rowland CUNYNGHAME, 2nd Division Train, returned to Australia, 4 June 1919.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 5 April 1915.

Found guilty, 20 April 1915, of refusing to obey an order: forfeited 3 days' pay.

Attached, On Command, to 1st Infantry Brigade, Mudros West, 5 September 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria, 27 December 1915 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Complimentary Notice from Army Corps Commander, 9 February 1916, for the satisfactory manner in which he carried out his duties during the evacuation from Anzac.

Promoted Corporal, and attached to Postal Corps, 8 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 22 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 28 March 1916.

Detached to 1st Brigade Headquarters for postal duties, 17 November 1916; ceased to be attached for postal duties, 4 January 1917; attached to 1st Australian Division Post Office Railhead, 4 January 1917.

Promoted Sergeant, 13 January 1917.

On leave to Paris, 18 June 1917; rejoined unit from leave, 23 June 1917.

Admitted to 7th Field Ambulance, 3 July 1917, and transferred same day to 9th Casualty Clearing Station; to Ambulance Train No 28, 7 July 1917, and admitted to 39th General Hospital, 9 July 1917; discharged to Base Details, Havre, 23 September 1917; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 83 days.

On leave, 12 February 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 27 February 1918.

Attached to 1st Australian Division Headquarters Railhead Field Post Office, 20 February 1918.

Marched out to England, 8 November 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Port Hacking', 3 December 1918; disembarked Melbourne, 27 January 1919, for onward travel to Sydney; discharged, Sydney, 29 March 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, CUNYNGHAME Alfred Allen

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