Claude Cyril John MCCANN MC

Badge Number: 14348, Sub Branch: Mt Pleasant

MCCANN, Claude Cyril John

Service Numbers: 648, 6908
Enlisted: 10 February 1915, Keswick Barracks, Keswick West Torrens, South Australia
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 27th Infantry Battalion
Born: Adelaide, South Australia, 12 January 1894
Home Town: Glandore, Marion, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Cabinet Maker
Memorials: Peterhead Glanville School Roll of Honor
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World War 1 Service

10 Feb 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Keswick Barracks, Keswick West Torrens, South Australia
31 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 648, 27th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
31 May 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 648, 27th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Geelong, Adelaide
31 Jul 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 27th Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres
8 Aug 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, SN 6908, 27th Infantry Battalion, "The Last Hundred Days"
Date unknown: Involvement 27th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières

Awarded the Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He displayed great dash and courage in rushing enemy posts, several of which were captured by his platoon. On other officers becoming casualties, he placed himself in command, displaying marked qualities of organization and leadership, which enabled his company to consolidate the position in a masterly fashion.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 110
Date: 25 July 1918

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Claude Cyril (known as Cyril) John McCann was one of three McCann brothers who enlisted in the Great War.  The sons of John Francis and Eliza McCANN, Military Road, Largs, South Australia, although at the time of their enlistment Francis and Eliza were resident at Pelham Street Glanville.

Cyril was a cabinet maker on enlistment and he was living and working in the Port Adelaide area.

He was enlisted into the 27th Battalion on the 10th February 1915, with the rank of Corporal.  He embarked with the Battalion on board the HMAT Geelong from Outer Harbour Port Adelaide on 31 May 1915.

The Battalion landed at Gallipoli on 12 September 1915.


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Medals:  Military Cross, 1914/15 Star, British War medal, Victory Medal