Cyril Alfred OSWALD

Badge Number: 99068, Sub Branch: Minnipa, State

OSWALD, Cyril Alfred

Service Number: 2511
Enlisted: 5 April 1916
Last Rank: Signaller
Last Unit: 27th Infantry Battalion
Born: Dudley Park, South Australia , 24 June 1889
Home Town: Talia, Elliston, South Australia
Schooling: Port Lincoln Public School, Poonindie Public School
Occupation: Carpenter
Died: N/A, Adelaide, South Australia , 26 October 1976, aged 87 years
Cemetery: Cheltenham Cemetery, South Australia
Section H, Driveway B, Path34, Site 32S
Memorials: Elliston War Memorial, Port Lincoln Poonindie School Roll of Honor, Streaky Bay War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

5 Apr 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, SN 2511
21 Sep 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2511, 50th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
21 Sep 1916: Embarked Private, SN 2511, 50th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Commonwealth, Adelaide
11 Nov 1918: Involvement Signaller, SN 2511, 27th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Cornerstone College

Cyril Alfred Oswald was born on June 24, 1889 in Islington, Adelaide, South Australia. He was part of the First World War in 1914-1918, his ship embarked on the 21st of September 1916 on HMAT Commonwealth A73. He was only 26 years old. Cyril Oswald was a Methodist.

Oswald was not married when he left to go to war, but married in on his return 1922. He was the son of Alfred Bristow Oswald and Alicia Simmons. He had 5 children with his wife Irene Oswald. Dorothy Irene Oswald, James Walter Oswald, David John Oswald and two other children that are private. He had 11 siblings, Alicia Maud Darling, John Rhodes Bristow Oswald, Frank Herbert Oswald, Eva Oswald, Georgina Oswald, Kate Oswald, Fredrick Jacques Oswald, Laura Jane Oswald, Clara Louise Oswald, Geoffrey William Oswald and Lewin Edwin Oswald.

Alfred worked as a carpenter and went to Port Lincoln Public school. He enlisted on the 5th April 1916, his last rank was a Signaller and his last unit was 27th infantry Battalion. He returned to Australia on the 20th of May 1919. His unit name was 50th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement. Alfred said he was prepared to undergo innoculation against smallpox and enteric fever which showed he was committed to going through with this big decision and fighting for his country.

Alfred Oswald didn’t die at war and it still hasn’t been discovered how he died. He died on 26th October 1976 aged 87 in Adelaide, South Australia. The cause of his death has not yet been found. He was buried at the Cheltenham Cemetery, S.A Section H, Driveway B, Path34, site 325. The memorials he is on are at Elliston M*, Streaky Bay m*.