Cyril Morrison ADAIR DCM

ADAIR, Cyril Morrison

Service Number: 5
Enlisted: 5 February 1915, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Company Sergeant Major
Last Unit: 27th Infantry Battalion
Born: Maitland, South Australia, 18 December 1892
Home Town: Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia
Schooling: South Kilkerran Public School
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Natural Causes, Bendigo, Victoria, 28 May 1968, aged 75 years
Cemetery: Bendigo Civil Cemetery
Grave No. 42038
Tree Plaque: Not yet discovered
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World War 1 Service

5 Feb 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 5, 27th Infantry Battalion, Adelaide, South Australia
31 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 5, 27th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
31 May 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 5, 27th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Geelong, Adelaide
30 Sep 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 5, 27th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
21 Jul 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Company Sergeant Major, SN 5, 27th Infantry Battalion
Date unknown: Involvement 27th Infantry Battalion, Pozières

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Cyril received the Distinguished Conduct Medal for conspicuous gallantry in action near Norvuil France 17 Apr 1917.

Moving to an advanced position under heavy shell and musketry fire, thus greatly assisting in repelling the enemy counter attack.

Source: Commonwealth Gazette 11 Oct 1917

Returned to Australia 28 March 1919

Biography contributed by Claudia Arbucci

Cyril Morrison Adair was born on the 18 December 1892 in Maitland, South Australia and is the son of Jacinthia and William E. Adair. Cyril was the brother of 9 other siblings, Eleanor Jacintha, William Frederick, Edith Jane, John Harold, Elizabeth Jane, Edwin George, Hilda Anna, Edward Crawford and Walter Wallace. He attended school at South Kilkerran Public School.

With no previous military experience before WW1, Cyril worked as a labourer prior to enlisting. Adair enlisted on the 5th February 1915 in Adelaide, Cyril enlisted to join the war in Adelaide and was issued with the Service Number 5. This may have been the second issuing of this Service Number.

Cyril returned from the war to Australia on the 28th March 1919 and died at the age of 75 in Bendigo, Victoria on the 28th May 1968 from natural causes.