Cecil Alfred HEMSLEY

HEMSLEY, Cecil Alfred

Service Number: 2176
Enlisted: 13 May 1916, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 48th Infantry Battalion
Born: Prospect, South Australia, 20 October 1893
Home Town: Prospect, Prospect, South Australia
Schooling: Prince Alfred College, Adelaide
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Died of wounds (POW of Germany), Germany, 21 July 1917, aged 23 years
Cemetery: Hamburg Cemetery, Germany
Plot 111, Row G, Grave 14, Hamburg Cemetery, Hamburg, Germany
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Ballarat Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial, Kent Town Prince Alfred College 'Nobly Striving, Nobly Fell' Roll of Honour, Keswick Prospect Highbury Street Methodist Sunday School Old Scholars Roll of Honour, Keswick Prospect Methodist Sunday School Honour Board WW1, North Adelaide Public School Roll of Honor, North Adelaide Queens School Honour Board, Prospect Methodist Sunday School Honour Roll, Prospect Roll of Honour A-G WWI Board, Prospect St Cuthbert's Church Honour Board
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World War 1 Service

13 May 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 2176, Adelaide, South Australia
12 Aug 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 2176, 48th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
12 Aug 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 2176, 48th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ballarat, Adelaide
11 Apr 1917: Imprisoned Bullecourt (First)
11 Apr 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, 2176, 48th Infantry Battalion, Bullecourt (First), Shrapnel wounds (right hand, shoulder, thigh and left forearm)

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Biography contributed by Carol Foster

Son of Arthur Dunk Hemsley and Caroline Netta Ida (nee Weber) Hemsley of 6 Milner Street, Prospect, SA; brother of Winifred Beryl Hemsley and  Una Phillis Hemsley,

30 June 1917 - Cecil wrote home to his parents from the Prisoner of War Camp saying that his right shoulder had been operatedd on to remove a piece of shrapnel 

15 July 1917 Cecil wrote home again to say that he had receied food parcels through one of his nurses and had also received some clothes parcels, He said he was still very weak from the operations and looked like a skeleton and it may take a while before he would gain enough strength to move around much. The letter had been written by someone else as heis writing hand was still bandaged

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal