Royston Kingsborough CUNNINGHAM


CUNNINGHAM, Royston Kingsborough

Service Number: Officer
Enlisted: 16 December 1914
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 1st Infantry Battalion
Born: Randwick, Sydney NSW, 6 August 1892
Home Town: Sydney, City of Sydney, New South Wales
Schooling: Fort Street
Occupation: Customs Clerk
Died: Killed in action, Gallipoli, 19 May 1915, aged 22 years
Cemetery: Shrapnel Valley Cemetery, Gallipoli
Plot 4, Row A, Grave 7
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World War 1 Service

16 Dec 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, SN Officer
11 Feb 1915: Involvement Lieutenant, SN Officer, 1st Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
11 Feb 1915: Embarked Lieutenant, SN Officer, 1st Infantry Battalion, HMAT Seang Choon, Sydney

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Royston Kingsborough CUNNINGHAM was born in Randwick in Sydney on 6th August, 1892

His parents were James Edward CUNNINGHAM and Annie Kingsborough COROUGH who married in Sydney in 1883

His brother Lindsay obtained the rank of Major and also served in WW1 and his cousin from Tasmania Major R. E. SNOWDEN also served

It was his cousin who had the job of opening Roystons kit bag after his death

Lieutenant Royston Kingsborough Cunningham who was killed in action at the Dardanelles was an enthusiast in military matters.  In 1911 shortly before the Defence Act came into force, he joined the 5th New South Wales Scottish Regiment, now the 25th Infanty.  Having served in all the non commissioned grades he was granted a commission as 2nd Lieutenant.  The day after war broke out the 25th Infantry was mobilised for active service, and until Feb. 11 when he left Sydney with the 1st Battalion  3rd re-inforcements as Company Commander, his services were utilised in connectin with various corps emcamped at Maroubra & Liverpool.  His oldest brother Lieutenant Lindsay Kingsborough Cunningham, 1st Artillery Brigade was still in Egypt when he arrived and they proceeded to the front about the same time.  The deceased officer was the 2nd son of Mr. & Mrs. J.E. Cunningham of Chatswood and was 22 years of age....Article from Trove Newspapers

Royston was awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal & Victory Medal

He was Killed in Action on 19th May, 1915 at Gallipoli