Biography

Birth date: 1888
Birth place: Australia: Victoria, Ballarat
Death date: 08 August 1915 to 10 August 1915
Death place: Ottoman Empire: Turkey, Gallipoli, Lone Pine
Final rank: Private
Service number: 1803 - First World War, 1914-1918
Units:
  • 2nd Australian Infantry Battalion
  • 3rd Australian Infantry Battalion

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.

Rolls and Awards

Roll of Honour

  • Rank: Private
  • Date of Death: 08 August 1915 to 10 August 1915
  • Unit: 3rd Australian Infantry Battalion

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: Private
  • Date of embarkation: 10 April 1915
  • Place of embarkation: Sydney

Private Record

McAnulty, Cecil Anthony (Private, d:1915)

Collection relating to the service of 1803 Private Cecil Anthony McAnulty, 3 Battalion, AIF, Australia, Egypt, Gallipoli, 1915. Collection consists of two diaries kept by Private McAnulty, from 10 April 1915 until 8 August 1915, and photocopies of each diary. The later diary is written on the... Maker: McAnulty, Cecil Anthony

1DRL/0422 (With records)

Digitised Collection

Diary of Cecil Anthony McAnulty, [1915]

Diary relating to the First World War service of 1803 Private Cecil Anthony McAnulty, 3rd Infantry Battalion. The diary, kept between 10 April [1915] and 31 May [1915], contains sketches and descriptions of his embarkation and journey to Egypt, training in Egypt, and the eventual deployment to the...

RCDIG0000914

Diary of Cecil Anthony McAnulty, [1915]

Diary relating to the First World War service of 1803 Private Cecil Anthony McAnulty, 3rd Infantry Battalion. In this diary, kept between 1 June [1915] and 8 August [1915], McAnulty provides a detailed insight into life during the Gallipoli campaign. The final entries are of the Battle of Lone Pine...

RCDIG0000915

Transcripts of diary of Cecil Anthony McAnulty, [1915]

Transcripts of diary relating to the First World War service of 1803 Private Cecil Anthony McAnulty 3rd Infantry Battalion. In the original diary, kept between 1 June [1915] and 8 August [1915], McAnulty details his experiences whilst serving with 3rd Battalion at Gallipoli. He describes his...

RCDIG0000928

Published Collection

Portrait of Cecil Anthony McAnulty from the 27 September 1915 edition of 'The Argus'

Portrait of Cecil Anthony McAnulty from 'The Argus' newspaper, dated Monday 27 September 1915, page 5.

RC11405

Timeline

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