Saturday, October 11, 2014

2nd Lieutenant Cyril Cutten Carncross - Eltham Memorial - Killed in Action 12 October 1917

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Press, Volume LIII, Issue 16041, 25 October 1917, Page 8

Second Lieutenant Cyril Cutten Carncross was the son of the Hon. Walter Charles Frederick Carncross who had been a noted politician and at the time of his sons death was the Acting-Speaker of the Legislative Council.

Prior to enlisting Cyril was a reporter on the Eltham Argus which his father had purchased in 1901. He enlisted at the beginning of October 1916 and embarked with the New Zealand Rifle Brigade as part of the 25th Reinforcements, he disembarked at Devonport on 20 July 1917 and was marched into Sling Camp on the same day.  He left for France on 6 September 1917 and joined his battalion in the field on 21 September 1917.   Not long after arriving he found himself at Passchendaele on 12 October 1917 where he was killed in action.  He is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Tyne Cot Cemetery, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

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