Cyril St Clair LE MESSURIER

Badge Number: S7378, Sub Branch: Clarence Park
S7378

LE MESSURIER, Cyril St Clair

Service Number: 1767
Enlisted: 9 December 1914
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 10th Infantry Battalion
Born: Queenstown, South Australia, 19 June 1890
Home Town: Glenelg, Holdfast Bay, South Australia
Schooling: Glenelg Public School , South Australia
Occupation: Warehouse Assistant
Died: 30 March 1952, aged 61 years, cause of death not yet discovered, place of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: AIF Cemetery, West Terrace Cemetery, Adelaide, South Australia
Section: KO, Road: 18, Site No: 56
Memorials: Glenelg and District WW1 & WW2 Honour Board
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World War 1 Service

9 Dec 1914: Enlisted
1 Apr 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 1767, 10th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '10' embarkation_place: Adelaide embarkation_ship: HMAT Port Lincoln embarkation_ship_number: A17 public_note: ''
1 Jul 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1767, 10th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
23 Feb 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 1767, 10th Infantry Battalion, German Withdrawal to Hindenburg Line and Outpost Villages, Wounded at Le Barque. Returned to the Bn in Sep 17.
8 Oct 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 1767, 10th Infantry Battalion, Raid on Celtic Wood
31 May 1918: Wounded AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 1767, 10th Infantry Battalion, "Peaceful Penetration - Low-Cost, High-Gain Tactics on the Western Front", GSW Back

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Biography contributed by Robert Kearney

Raid on Celtic Wood 

1767 Corporal Cyril St Clair Le Messurier  was in the field with D Company at the time of the raid. He joined the 10th Battalion at Gallipoli in June 1915, was wounded at La Barque, France in February 1917 and again at Strazeele in 1918.

When interviewed by the Red Cross regarding the fate of Corporal Mobbs,  Corporal Le Messurier said when they were going up as reinforcements during the night before the raid, ‘a shell burst in the rear and Mobbs was blown to pieces.’ 

Also among the statements in Corporal Lanchester’s Red Cross File is one made by Le Messurier in which he says he and Lanchester were together in the same party on the raid and saw Lanchester wounded there in the shoulder. ‘…When he left me we were about 200 yards ahead of our own line. ...’

Returned to Australia in September 1918.

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