Cecil Parker ASHDOWN

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ASHDOWN, Cecil Parker

Service Number: 5363
Enlisted: 22 November 1915, Sydney, NSW
Last Rank: Sapper
Last Unit: 7th Field Company Engineers
Born: Bega, NSW, 1897
Home Town: Mosman, Municipality of Mosman, New South Wales
Schooling: Sydney Grammar School
Occupation: Engineer
Died: Killed in action, France, 20 July 1916
Cemetery: Anzac Cemetery, Sailly-sur-la-Lys
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Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Orange Cenotaph, Orange HB1, Sydney Grammar School WW1 Honour Board
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World War 1 Service

22 Nov 1915: Enlisted Australian Army, Sapper, SN 5363, 7th Field Company Engineers, Sydney, NSW
17 Dec 1915: Involvement Sapper, SN 5363, 7th Field Company Engineers
17 Dec 1915: Embarked Sapper, SN 5363, 7th Field Company Engineers, HMAT Berrima, Sydney
20 Jul 1916: Involvement Sapper, SN 5363, Fromelles (Fleurbaix)

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Biography contributed by Sharyn Roberts

Cecil Parker ASHDOWN was born in 1897 in Bega, New South Wales

His parents were Edward Parker ASHDOWN and Florence Eleanor ALTESIECH who married in Sydney in 1876 - he was one of nine children, five of whom served in WW1 with two being Killed in Action including Cecil

Service details for his siblings

Edmund Arthur ASHDOWN (SN1819) Killed in Action in 1917

Clive ASHDOWN (SN5361) returned to Australia in 1918

Ernest Edwin ASHDOWN (SN1704) returned to Australia in 1916

Nurse Maud ASHDOWN (Australian Army Nursing Service) discharged 1917

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Cecil is commemorated on the Holy Trinity Church Honour Roll in Orange NSW, where his father had been a church warden & on the west face of the Mosman War Memorial, Sydney & the Honour Rolls of Mosman Public School, St Clements Church and the Mosman Rugby Union Football Club.

He is also remembered on a commemorative plaque in the Orange Cemetery, NSW & also on the Roll of Honour at the Cenotaph in Orange, NSW

A tree was planted in his honour in 1923 in the Anzac Memorial Avenue along Bathurst Road amongst other planted in honour of fallen WW1 soldiers - very few remain today

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