Cyril Anderson WATHERSTON


WATHERSTON, Cyril Anderson

Service Number: 418
Enlisted: 29 October 1914, Liverpool, New South Wales
Last Rank: Driver
Last Unit: 10th Infantry Battalion
Born: Port Lincoln, South Australia, 8 June 1887
Home Town: Port Lincoln, Port Lincoln, South Australia
Schooling: Port Lincoln Public School
Occupation: Labourer (Sydney Harbour Trust)
Died: Killed in Action, Fleurbaix, France, 26 May 1916, aged 28 years
Cemetery: Rue-du-Bois Military Cemetery, Fleurbaix
Plot I, Row E, Grave No 26
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Port Lincoln & District Honor Roll WW1, Port Lincoln Garden of Remembrance, Rozelle Sydney Harbour Trust Officers and Employees Pictorial Honour Board
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World War 1 Service

29 Oct 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 418, 7th Light Horse Regiment, Liverpool, New South Wales
20 Dec 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 418, 7th Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Ayrshire, Sydney
20 Dec 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 418, 7th Light Horse Regiment, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
15 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Trooper, SN 418, 7th Light Horse Regiment, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
18 Mar 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 10th Infantry Battalion
26 May 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Driver, SN 418, 10th Infantry Battalion
Date unknown: Involvement 10th Infantry Battalion, Pozières

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Son of James and Isabella WATHERSTON

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Embarkation Roll ( incorrectly records Surname as Watherson

Cemetery or memorial details: Source: AWM145 Roll of Honour cards, 1914-1918 War, Army.

Cyril Anderson Watherston was one of four brothers and a cousin from Port Lincoln who enlisted fought and died in WW 1. One other cousin survived.  Cyril was working in Sydney for the Maritime Services Board when war broke out and enlisted at Liverpool on the city's southern outskirts in late 1914.  He was enlisted in the 7th Light Horse Regiment.   His Next of Kin was listed as his married sister, Elizabeth Trestrail of North Terrace Adelaide

The Watherston family was historically associated with Boston Island,  which dominates the seaward side of Port Lincoln's spectacular harbour.  The tragic story of the Watherston family is the most profound story of sacrifice by a single family in the course of Australia's involvement with the Great War of 1914 - 18.   Four brothers and a cousin were to give their lives in the country's name.  All died within the first 18 months of Australia's involvement.

This tragedy was preceded by the loss of both parents in a tragic boating accident prior to the war. Cyril had been rowing his parents out to their cutter when the dinghy capsized.  He made it to shore but his parents drowned.  His other brothers and sister helped pull the bodies of their parents from the sea that had claimed them.

Cyril Anderson Watherston later transferred to the 10th Battalion in early 1916,  presumably to be closer to his brothers.  However within two months Cyril was killed near the village of Fleurbaix in what was known as the "Nursery Sector", during the course of a period of familiarisation of the AIF with trench warfare on the Western Front. Cyril was not the victim of a large scale action but rather of a sporadic incident.  Barely two months later the area was to be consumed in the conduct and aftermath of the battle named for the village opposite the Front line  - Fromelles.

Port Lincoln historian Geoffrey 'Lee' Clayton has compiled their story over the past 14 years since first noticing two "Dead Men's Pennies" at a deceased Estate auction. See the link in the sidebar.

The collective and individual stories of these men and their wider family will be told on this site soon.




More to follow.........