Cyril Dunstan ANDREW

ANDREW, Cyril Dunstan

Service Number: 3906
Enlisted: 31 March 1916, Adelaide South Australia Australia
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 8th Light Trench Mortar Battery
Born: Kapunda, South Australia, 17 March 1892
Home Town: Unley, Unley, South Australia
Schooling: Unley State School, South Australia
Occupation: Warehouseman
Died: Died of wounds, Belgium, 21 October 1917, aged 25 years
Cemetery: Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery
Grave reference XXV.G.15A,
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Unley Town Hall WW1 Honour Board
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World War 1 Service

31 Mar 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Adelaide South Australia Australia
21 Sep 1916: Involvement Private, 3906, 32nd Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres
21 Sep 1916: Embarked Private, 3906, 32nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Commonwealth, Adelaide
6 Jan 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 3906, 32nd Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres
10 May 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 3906, 8th Light Trench Mortar Battery, Third Ypres
21 Oct 1917: Involvement Lance Corporal, 3906, Third Ypres
Date unknown: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 32nd Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
Date unknown: Involvement 32nd Infantry Battalion, Fromelles (Fleurbaix)

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Cyril Dunstan ANDREW was born on 17th March, 1892 at Kapunda, South Australia

He was the Son of Walter George ANDREW and  Eliza Jane DUNSTAN  of 42 Winchester St Malvern.  Later address shown as 113 Cambridge Terrace Malvern.  

His brother Mr Arthur L ANDREW was subsequently executor of his will;  his brother's employment was shown as Newton McLaren Ltd of Leigh St Adelaide. and his address "Killwilling", Grant Avenue Toorak Gardens.

After enlistment he went into camp at Mitcham and later at Cheltenham Race Course, undertaking basic training including attendance at the School of Musketry. He was apapointd Temporatry Sergeant after attendance at NCO school.

Allocated to reinforcements of the 32nd Battalion with whom he embarked on the 21st September 1916 on the HMAT Commonwealth.  He joined the 8th Training Battalion shortly after arrival in November 1916, leaving for France on the 21 December 1916.

He finally joined the 32nd Battalion on the 6th January 1917.

He was hospitalised on multiple occasions.

He transferred to the 8th Light Trench Mortar Battery on 10th May 1917.  He was promoted Lance Corporal on 18th June 1917.

Cyril was listed DIed of Wounds on the 21 October 1917, at the 3rd Canadian Casualty Clearing Station near Poperinge. Cyril would have been evacuated here from the front line where he was intially wounded. His date of wounding was during the fighting around Polygon Wood south of Ypres in Belgium, during the campaign known as Third Ypres.

The 8th Light Trench Mortary Battery was the 8th Brigade's organic 'artillery' and the soldiers were generally drawn from units within the Brigade.  The 32nd Battalion was part of the 8th Brigade hence LCPL Andrew's assignment to it.  Trench Mortar Batteries would have been high on the list of priority targets for enemy counter battery fire.