Cecil Bernard FENELEY

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FENELEY, Cecil Bernard

Service Number: 35604
Enlisted: 17 November 1916, West Maitland
Last Rank: Gunner
Last Unit: 1st Field Artillery Brigade
Born: Allynbrook, New South Wales, Australia, 22 September 1890
Home Town: Maitland, Maitland Municipality, New South Wales
Schooling: Maitland High School and St Joseph's College, Hunters Hill
Occupation: Article Clerk
Died: Shell blast, France, 16 September 1918, aged 27 years
Cemetery: Tincourt New British Cemetery
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Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Maitland High School Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

17 Nov 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 35604, Field Artillery Brigades, West Maitland
20 Nov 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Gunner, Field Artillery Brigades
2 Aug 1917: Involvement Gunner, SN 35604, Field Artillery Brigades
2 Aug 1917: Embarked Gunner, SN 35604, Field Artillery Brigades, HMAT Miltiades, Sydney
3 Jan 1918: Transferred AIF WW1, Gunner, 1st Field Artillery Brigade
16 Sep 1918: Involvement Gunner, SN 35604, 1st Field Artillery Brigade

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Biography contributed by Michael Silver

Son of Patrick and E. M. 1 Lindsay Feneley, of The Metropolitan Hotel, West Maitland, New South Wales.

GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN HE LAID DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS

The Maitland Mercury reported on 5 October 1918 that Mrs. A. J. Lindsay, of the Metropolitan Hotel, West Maitland, was officially advised last evening that her second son, Gunner Cecil B. Feneley, had been killed in action on September 16.

One of seven children of Patrick Charles Feneley and his wife Ellen White, Cecil Feneley was born at Allynbrook north of Maitland in the lower Hunter Valley in 1891. His mother's family had a long history as hotelliers resulting in the family's ownership of the Metropolitan Hotel at West Maitland from 1889. In 1899 Patrick and Ellen Feneley took over management of the hotel and moved their young family to West Maitland. Patrick Feneley died in 1907 and Cecil's mother married  Alfred John Lindsay in 1911.

Early in the war Cecil was anxious to enlist, but was induced to complete his legal studies, he having been articled to the firm of Messrs. Logan and Carlton, of West Maitland. He passed his final examination a year before the termination of his articles, and as he was leaving on active service he was received as a solicitor. His success at his law examinations was an indication of his ability as a student in his profession, but in other respects he was a young man of great literary promise, brainy and well read, with the assurance of a fine career. Before leaving he expressed the opinion, that his duty was so clear that he would never be able to face returned soldiers after the war if he did not go himself.

He was educated initially at Maitland High School and then at St. Joseph's College, Hunter's Hill, and was held in esteem by a wide circle of friends. With his brother Paul, he sailed in August last year with the Field Artillery, crossing to France on Boxing Day. His sister, Dorothy, has been on service as a nurse at Salonika for some time, and his step father, 2830 Private Alfred Lindsay, is also on active service.

Reference: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article127123783

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