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Cedric Richard Glanville


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Serial No. 6691

15th Field Company Engineers


Cedric Richard Glanville - Information

Cedric was a son of John and Elizabeth Glanville. The family originally came from Nowra, where Cedric was born c1889. For a short time, the Glanville children came to the area to attend Camden Grammar School. In the 1900s, Cedric settled at 33 Henson St in Summer Hill with his wife, Rita Flower. He had completed a 3 year apprenticeship with P. R. Drummond in Narrabri, and began supporting his family working as a surveyor. The war impacted the Glanville family considerably. Cedric’s brothers, Charles Henry and Septimus Douglas joined up in 1914 and 1915 respectively. Cedric then signed up in Sydney on the 4th of January 1916, aged 26. He was made a Sapper with the Field Company Engineers, before boarding the HMAT Orsova in Sydney on the 11th of March 1916.

Cedric disembarked in Alexandria, Egypt, joining the Engineers Reinforcements at Tel-el-Kebir Camp in mid April. Two weeks later, he was admitted to the 2nd Australian General Hospital with the mumps. In August, he was transported to France and was transferred to the 15th FCE. Cedric worked close to the front completing various work details, putting his surveying skills to good use. During operations within the Third Battle of Ypres, Cedric was wounded in action. On the 26th of September 1917, he was hit in the right shoulder, collapsing to the ground in agony. Two and a half weeks later, he was evacuated to England to the London Military Hospital. When he recovered, he underwent further training in Brightlingsea before going back to France in April 1918. He continued to work with the Engineers, until he left for Australia in April 1919.