Cecil St Leger LOUSADA DCM, MSM

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LOUSADA, Cecil St Leger

Service Numbers: 1724, 1724A
Enlisted: 4 May 1915, Rochester, Vic.
Last Rank: Gunner
Last Unit: 14th Field Artillery Brigade
Born: Warragul, Vic., 6 January 1897
Home Town: Korumburra, South Gippsland, Victoria
Schooling: Calligace, Mountain View and Toora State Schools
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Died of wounds, France, 10 April 1918, aged 21 years
Cemetery: Querrieu British Cemetery
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Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Toora & District Roll of Honour, Toora School No 2253 Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

4 May 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1724, 21st Infantry Battalion, Rochester, Vic.
16 Jul 1915: Involvement Private, SN 1724, 21st Infantry Battalion
16 Jul 1915: Embarked Private, SN 1724, 21st Infantry Battalion, HMAT Demosthenes, Melbourne
10 Apr 1918: Involvement Gunner, SN 1724A, 14th Field Artillery Brigade

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of Edward Charles and Isabel Beatrice Halliburton LOUSADA, 'Clanville', Kardella South, Gippsland, Vic.

Died of Wounds. The following record of bravery appeared in the "Age" last week :- Pte. Cecil St. Leger Lousada, sixth son of Mr. Charles Lousada, of Kardella, has died of wounds received in action on 11th April. Early in 1915 he enlisted in the 24th Battalion. At that time he was employed in the Bank of New South Wales at Elmore. He served in Gallipoli, and was amongst the last 30 to leave at the evacuation. In France he won the D.C.M. for conspicuous gallantry and devotion in volunteering to carry water across open ground, and through an extremely heavy barrage of artillery fire, to severely wounded men. Later he displayed great bravery as a stretcher bearer, exhibiting a fine example of endurance and soldierly spirit. He transferred from the infantry to the artillery last year, and was to have attended the cadet training school for artillery officers in May. A brother was killed in action some time ago. The Lousada family are well known in this district, and deep sympathy is felt for them in this further loss.

He joined the staff of the Bank of New South Wales on 18th September 1913 at Fitzroy Branch, Victoria, and was transferred in January 1915 to Elmore.

His active service was for five month on Gallipoli, and was one of the last few men to leave on the evacuation.  Proceeding to France  he was promoted to Corporal in September 1917 and in the following March joined the 114th Battery of Field Artilelry as gunner prior to being sent to the Trianing Shcool for Officers in England.  Early in April 1918 he was badly wounded by the premature bursting of a Howitzer shell, due so far as could be ascertained to a defect in the material.  He gradually sank and died a few days afterwards at the Casualty Clearing Station.

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion in volunteering to carry water across open ground, and through an extremely heavy barrage of artillery fire, to severely wounded men. Later he displayed great bravery as a stretcher bearer, exhibiting a fine example of endurance and soldierly spirit.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62
Date: 19 April 1917
 

Meritorious Service Medal


Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 110
Date: 25 July 1918

 

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