CROSS, Cyril Charles
(Service number 16532)
|First Rank||Private||Last Rank||Private|
|Date||3 August 1897||Place of Birth||Temuka|
|Address at Enlistment|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin||Robert Cross (father), Mangati, Timaru, New Zealand|
|Medical Information||Height 5 feet 9 inches; Complexion dark; Eye colour brown; Hair colour black|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||New Zealand Expeditionary Force|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||15th Reinforcements Specialist Machine-Gun Section|
|Date||26 July 1916|
|Transport||Waitemata or Ulimaroa|
|Embarked From||Wellington, New Zealand||Destination||Devonport, Devon, England|
|Other Units Served With|
|Last Unit Served With||New Zealand Machine Gun Corps|
Award Circumstances and Date
Prisoner of War Information
|Date of Capture|
|Where Captured and by Whom|
|Actions Prior to Capture|
|PoW Serial Number|
|Date||1 October 1919||Reason||On account of wounds received in action|
Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
Gun shot wounds left knee; right eye; left arm and hand; right leg
|Place of Death|
|Memorial or Cemetery|
|New Zealand Memorials|
Cross served abroad for 2 years 186 days
Correspondence to his mother (Mary Laurie Cross), dated 3 May 1918, from the New Zealand Government Offices, The Strand, London reported on Cyril's recovery from the serious wounds received in France.
After Cross was discharged, he returned to live in Timaru although his service records state his intended address after discahrge was Waihi, Geraldine). During the second World War Cross once again enlisted in 1940, entering camp on 27 Januauary 1941, serving with the National military Reserve at Burnham and Addington camps. He was finally discharged on 1 September 1948. At the time of his re-enlistment his next of kin was given as his wife, Joy Eleanor Cross of 25 Archer Street, Timaru.
Auckland War Memorial Cenotaph Database, 27 May 2015
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Researched and Written by
Tony Rippin (South Canterbury Museum)
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