Cuthbert Victor HERON


HERON, Cuthbert Victor

Service Number: 288
Enlisted: 3 March 1916, Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 60th Infantry Battalion
Born: Brighton, Victoria, Australia, 21 November 1896
Home Town: Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria
Schooling: Melbourne C of E Grammar School, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Wounds, 3rd London General Hospital, Wandsworth, London, England, 27 June 1918, aged 21 years
Cemetery: Crockham Hill (Holy Trinity) Churchyard, Westerham, Kent, England
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, MCC Roll of Honour 1914 - 1918 - Melbourne Cricket Club, Melbourne Grammar School WW1 Fallen Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

3 Mar 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 288, Melbourne, Victoria
15 Apr 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Sergeant, 37th Infantry Battalion
3 Jun 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 288, 37th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
3 Jun 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 288, 37th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Persic, Melbourne
13 Feb 1917: Transferred AIF WW1, Sergeant, 59th Infantry Battalion
21 Feb 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 59th Infantry Battalion
3 Mar 1917: Transferred AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 60th Infantry Battalion
15 Jul 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 60th Infantry Battalion
22 Feb 1918: Wounded AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 60th Infantry Battalion, German Spring Offensive 1918, Wounded slightly, stayed on duty
27 Apr 1918: Wounded AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 60th Infantry Battalion, Villers-Bretonneux, GSW/SW to right knee transported to England DoW at 3rd London General Hospital, Wandsworth, London, England GSW to left leg, Septic Pneumonia & General Septicaemia.
27 Jun 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 60th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

Born at Melbourne, Victoria.

60th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

He was 21 and the son of Herbert Leslie Heron and L. J. Heron, of Goathland, St. Kilda, Victoria.

Death registration:

Deaths Sep 1918   Heron Cuthbert V 21 Wandsworth 1d 681

"...288 Sergeant Cuthbert Victor Heron, 37th Battalion from East St Kilda, Victoria. A 19 year old bank clerk with previous service in the 55th Infantry (Militia) prior to enlisting in the AIF on 14 March 1916, he embarked for overseas as a Sergeant with A Company from Melbourne on 3 June 1916 aboard HMAT Persic (A34). Following further training in England, he proceeded to France where he joined the 59th Battalion in February 1917. After being promoted to Second Lieutenant, he transferred to the 60th Battalion in early March and was then promoted to Lieutenant (Lt) on 15 July 1917. Lt Heron was slightly wounded in action on 19 February 1918 and then wounded again on 26 April near Villers-Bretonneux, France. After receiving medical treatment in France, he was evacuated to England where he died from his wounds on 27 June 1918. Lt Heron was buried in the Cockham Hill Parish Churchyard, Edenbridge, Kent, UK..." - SOURCE (


Biography contributed by Sharyn Roberts

Cuthbert Victor HERON was born in 1897 in Brighton, Victoria

His parents were Herbert Ledlie HERON and Lilian Jessie HOWARD

His brother Wilfred Ledlie HERON also served in WW1 and was a Captain in the 59th Infantry Battalion, he returned to Australia in 1919


CUTHBERT VICTOR HERON who died in London on 27th June 1918 from septic pneumonia following upon wounds received in action in France was the second son of Mr. H. L. Heron. He was born in 1896 and was at the Prep. in 1906 and came up to the Senior School in 1910. He left School in 1913 and entered the Bank of Australasia.

He enlisted as a Private in the infantry, and went into camp at
Seymour, being promoted to Sergeant before embarkation.

Leaving Australia in June 1916 he went into the training camp at Tidworth prior to his departure for France in November with 37th Battalion. On 21st February 1917, after three months in action, with 59th Battalion, he was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant in 60th battles of Bullecourt, Polygon Wood, Passchendaele and Messines, and was
wounded in the leg at Wytschaete, and against medical advice returned to his battalion after a fortnight's spell.

It was during a night attack at Villers-Bretonneux that he received his final wound, breaking his leg below the knee. He lay for several hours in a shell hole when a stretcher-bearer found him and he was sent to
London, but he did not recover. Brother officers and fellows who were with him in France express high opinions of his work as an officer and a good pal.

He was buried at Edenbridge, Kent.


Biography contributed by Evan Evans

The summary below was completed by Cathy Sedgwick – Facebook “WW1 Australian War Graves in England/UK

Died on this date - 27th June......Lieutenant Cuthbert Victor Heron was born at Brighton, Melbourne, Victoria in 1896. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) on 14th March, 1916 as a 19 year old Bank Clerk.

Cuthbert Victor Heron was posted as Acting Sergeant with “A” Company of 37th Battalion on 20th March, 1916 for recruit training. He was promoted to Sergeant on 1st May, 1916 (Statement of Service form has date changed to 15th April, 1916).

Sergeant Heron arrived in England on 25th July, 1916 & proceeded to France in November, 1916. He was transferred from 37th Battalion to 59th Battalion on 13th February, 1917.

Sergeant Cuthbert Victor Heron was appointed 2nd Lieutenant from 21st February, 1917 – A.I.F. Orders List 149. He was transferred to 60th Battalion on 2nd March, 1917.

2nd Lieutenant Cuthbert Victor Heron was appointed Lieutenant from 15th July, 1917 – A.I.F. Orders List 210.

Lieutenant Heron was hospitalised in France in December, 1917 with Scabies & rejoined his Unit on 31st December, 1917.

Lieutenant Heron was on leave to Paris from 15th January, 1918 & rejoined his Battalion on 24th January, 1918.

Lieutenant Cuthbert Victor Heron was wounded in action on 19th February, 1918 – slightly but remained at duty.

Lieutenant Heron proceeded on Leave to UK from 19th February, 1918 & rejoined his Battalion from Leave on 7th March, 1918.
Lieutenant Cuthbert Victor Heron was wounded in action (2nd occasion) on 26th April, 1918. He was invalided to England & admitted to 3rd London General Hospital, Wandsworth, London, England on 15th May, 1918 with bullet wound(s) to right knee – slight.

Lieutenant Cuthbert Victor Heron died at 2.30 am on 27th June, 1918 at 3rd London General Hospital, Wandsworth, London, England from wounds received in action – G.S.W. (gunshot wound/s) to left leg, Septic Pneumonia & General Septicaemia. He was buried in Holy Trinity Churchyard, Crockham Hill, Kent, England (south-east part) in a private grave and has a Private Headstone. His death is still acknowledged by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

(The above is a summary of my research. The full research can be found by following the link below)