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Cecil John Sayle


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Serial No. 3431

7th Light Horse Regiment & Machine Gun Squad Details


Cecil John Sayle - Information

Cecil watched his two older brothers, Albert and Sydney leave for war service. At the time, he was living at 110 Stanmore Rd, Stanmore and working as a storeman. The Sayle family had resided in Picton, where Cecil was born in 1891. The Sayles then left for St Albans on Unwin’s Bridge Rd in Marrickville. Cecil then joined up on the 16th of April 1917 in Sydney, aged 25. He commenced his training in Sydney and was made a Trooper with the 7th Light Horse Regiment in May. Proceeding overseas, he departed Sydney on the 3rd of September 1917 onboard the HMAT Kyarra.

Cecil landed in Suez in mid October. The following month, he was stationed to details at an Isolation Camp. In December, he was transferred to the Machine Gun Squad Details in Moascar. Cecil went along with patrols providing superior firepower. As the Allies were progressing from Palestine and into Jordan in 1918, Cecil’s health was deteriorating. He reported sick in April, and was admitted to hospital in June with malaria. He rejoined his unit in August, however, in September, was readmitted with influenza. After the war ended, Cecil continued to suffer with malaria and was therefore, invalided home on the 17th of July 1919.