Cecil Raymond HEATON DCM, MID


HEATON, Cecil Raymond

Service Number: 493
Enlisted: 29 August 1914
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 9th Infantry Battalion
Born: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England, date not yet discovered
Home Town: Brisbane, Brisbane, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Fitter
Died: Killed in Action, France, 23 July 1916, age not yet discovered
Cemetery: Pozières British Cemetery
Grave III. L. 14, Pozieres British Cemetery Ovillers-La Boisselle, Pozieres, Picardie, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

29 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 493, 9th Infantry Battalion
24 Sep 1914: Involvement Sergeant, SN 493, 9th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières
24 Sep 1914: Embarked Sergeant, SN 493, 9th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Omrah, Brisbane
Date unknown: Honoured Distinguished Conduct Medal, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli, His DCM citation reads 'For great bravery on the 25th April, 1915, near Gaba Tepe (Dardanelles), when he rescued and brought into shelter, under heavy shellfire, a wounded man.' (London Gazette No. 8853 -or 8850-6/9/1915) [this was the Landing at Cape Helles]
Date unknown: Honoured Mention in Dispatches, Awarded, and gazetted, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 29251 (5 August 1915); 'Commonwealth Gazette'

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Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

Australian Infantry (AIF) 9th Bn 'D' Coy

Cecil was 39 and the son of Cecil Raymond Heaton, Langham Hotel, Nottingham. He lived at 35, Alice Street, Queensland, Australia.

He enlisted 29/8/1914. The unit embarked 24/9/1914 from Brisbane, Queensland aboard HMAT A5 Omrah. He served in Egypt, Gallipoli and on the Western Front.