2Lt Cecil Healy was killed on 29 August 1918 near Sword Wood west of Péronne in the opening phase of the Battle of Mont St Quentin.
Healy and the three men from the 19th Battalion who were killed with him that day are now buried in Assevillers New British Cemetery, France. Many other Australians who fell in this significant battle are also buried here.
As part of the upcoming 2014-2018 Centenary activities, the Mayor Mr Michel Guilbert and the Community of Assevillers intend to commemorate Cecil Healy’s life as sportsman, Olympic swimmer, surf – life saver and soldier, whose philosophy on life and his concerns for the well-being of his fellow man led to his making the ultimate sacrifice for his country.
The Assevillers Community has set up a website that will highlight its intentions for the centenary period, with Cecil Healy as a focal point for a number of memorial events. The details of these commemorative events are yet to be fixed but the website in both French and English will be regularly updated by the webmaster, who lives in Assevillers. He has researched Cecil Healy’s life by conducting online searches of available literature and contemporary newspaper articles. The authors of “Fighting Nineteenth” are assisting with research and translation of various documents. The Assevillers Community website is at:
UPDATE: Contact has been made with members of the Healy family in Sydney, and they are now aware of the plans being made in France to celebrate the life and service of their prominent ancestor. Many thanks to those who assisted in establishing this contact.