Name: Cecil Alfred Drock

 

Birth Date: 1885 Where: New South Wales
Died: 23 September, 1917 Where: Ypres, France
Place of Enlistment: Blackboy Hill Age: 30
Serial Number: 57 Battalion: 28th
Rank on Enlistment: Private Rank on Discharge/Death: Private

Awards: 1914 - 15 Star, British War Medal 1914 - 1920, Victory Medal,

 

Photograph Drock

Service Details:

 

 

15 February

1915                      Blackboy Hill Training camp

9 June

1915                      Embarked from Fremantle

August

1915                      Embarked Egypt

10 Sept. – 12 Dec.

1915                      Gallipoli

21 March

1916                      France

6/7 June

1916                      Trench Raid

9 July

1916                      Hospital (Synovitis)

22 July - 29 May, 1917

1917                     England

23 June

1917                      Rejoined Battalion

20 Sept.

1917                      Wounded in action

23 Sept

1917                      Died of wounds

 

 

 

 

Biographical Details:

Cecil Alfred Drock was born in Parramatta, NSW, in 1879. At some stage, possibly 1903 after his mother’s death, he moved to Kalgoorlie where in 1909 he met and married Margaret Irene Malone with whom he had three daughters.
Alfred was one of the first to enlist in the 28th Battalion (February, 1915) and was with it when it sailed to Egypt and later Gallipoli. He gave his age as thirty, presumably lowering it to ensure enlistment, although at that stage the upper limit was thirty eight years and in June 1915 was relaxed to forty five years old. He was a baker by trade but had spent several years in a seminary – leaving before he took his vows.
Cecil volunteered for the June Trench Raid and was designated a Spare Man but as a volunteer he was also given London leave.
In July 1916 he was hospitalised with Synovitis and transferred to England for treatment. In November 1916, while still in England, Alfred was charged with being AWL for 4 days following furlough. He was given 3 days detention at Tidworth and fined 4 days pay.
Alfred returned to France and rejoined his Battalion in June 1917. For a month he was attached to the Y.M.C.A. Two months later, he received a GSW to the groin and was taken to a Casualty Clearing Station. He died on 23rd September, at Ypres, Belgium
A Red Cross investigator recorded the following statement from a comrade, Private Sutherland:
Drock was an original man: I think he comes from the Goldfields. He was thickset, of medium height, fair hair, looked about 30. He had been in my platoon, for 3 months. We called him Alf. At Ypres on 20th Sept. I went over near him and as we had reached the 3rd objective, I believe we had got too close to our own barrage and he got a piece of shell in the stomach. He was the leading man in the wave. I went up to him and bandaged him. It was difficult to get a stretcher bearer but he was eventually taken to D.S . where he died soon after.
Alfred Drock was buried at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery. His surviving effects were returned to his wife:  Photos, Religious medallion, Wallet, Knife, Book – (Selections from Shakespeare). She also received his service medals and Memorial Scroll and Memorial Plaque.

Probably a misprint for C.S. (Casualty Clearing Station)