Private Cecil Anthony McAnulty

Service Number 1803
Birth Date 09 May 1888
Birth Place Australia: Victoria, Ballarat
Death Date 01 January 1970
Death Place Ottoman Empire: Turkey, Dardanelles, Lone Pine
Final Rank Private
Units

Cecil Anthony McAnulty was born at Ballarat, Victoria, in 1888. He originally enlisted with the 3rd Infantry Battalion of the Australian Imperial Force on 4 November 1914. However, he was discharged prior to embarkation for an unknown reason. Undeterred, the 26-year-old clerk enlisted again the following year on 11 February 1915, this time with the 2nd Infantry Battalion, and departed Sydney aboard HMAT Argyllshire on 10 April 1915.In May McAnulty and several others of the battalion were sent to reinforce the 3rd Battalion on Gallipoli. He had kept a diary since the day he left Australia and recorded his experiences on Gallipoli in great detail. One of the last entries concerns the fighting at Lone Pine in early August. McAnulty described his amazement at reaching the opposing Turkish trenches, charging in a trance through the flurry of machine-gun and rifle fire. Sadly, his last entry ends mid-sentence while he is describing the battle.Cecil McAnulty was killed in action at Lone Pine, sometime between 8 and 10 August 1915. He was originally buried at Brown's Dip North Cemetery but was later reinterred at the Lone Pine Cemetery on Gallipoli.

Collection items

Rolls

  • Roll of Honour

    Rank
    Private
    Fate
    Killed in action
    Service
    Australian Army
    Unit
    3rd Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
  • First World War Embarkation Roll

    Rank
    Private
    Place of Embarkation
    Sydney
    Embarkation Ship
    HMAT Argyllshire A8
    Date of Embarkation
    10 April 1915
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918

Timeline

Date of birth 1888
Date of embarkation 1915-04-10
Date of death 1915-08-08 - 1915-08-10

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