Cecil Joseph Burke Dignan

1899 born Roscommon

1901 census at Ballinagard ,Roscommon

1911 census at Ballinagard ,Roscommon

1917 Jan 28 Commissioned, a 2nd Lieutenant in the South Irish Horse. The undermentioned, from Officers Cadet Units to be 2nd Lts:-Cecil Joseph Dignan

1918 Jul 28. Lieutenant at the age of 19 and saw service at St. Quentin, Rosiere and Ypres

1920 Jun 15 .He left the South Irish Horse and joined the Royal Irish Constabulary as a Cadet Officer.

1920 Aug 17 He was made District Inspector 3rd Class, two months later and posted out to Ballyvaughan in North Clare.  He was the RIC officer in charge when a party of British marines were ambushed in the town, when two were killed and two injured and some guns and ammunition were stolen. 

1921 May 7. Promoted to DI 2nd Class .

1922 Jan 28 Cecil was posted to Gormanston Camp, north of Dublin where he was charged with the demobilization of the Black and Tans.  Realising that his name was not good in Roscommon and that life would be uncomfortable to say the least, he decided to join the Palestinian Police Force, that had set up a training camp in Cornwall.  He retired from the RIC at the age of 22 with a pension of 129.10s.6d per annum.  .

Cecil spent four years in Palestine.  The British mandate looked after the area west of the Jordan River, more or less present day Israel.  After four years of political policing, Cecil moved on to Australia where he joined the Victorian Police Force.

1931 Apr 24. The High Court case describes him as an Inspector of Navigation under the Commonwealth 

He met and married a local Melbourne girl and they set up home in Brighton ten miles down the coast from Melbourne and when the Second World War started in late 1939 he was conscripted, at the age of 40, into the Provost Corps of the Australian Commonwealth Military Force to the rank of captain.  The ACMF were a conscripted militia force whose aim was to defend Australia from attack.  The Provost Corps were their Military Police

1942 Jul 18. Cecil became ill and died in Melbourne and he is buried in Springvale War Cemetery in Melbourne

Palestine Gendarmerie