Cecil Ernest (Rick) RICKETTS MiD

RICKETTS, Cecil Ernest

Service Number: 5598
Enlisted: 17 May 1915, Liverpool, New South Wales
Last Rank: Lance Sergeant
Last Unit: 15th Field Ambulance
Born: Lismore, New South Wales, 2 June 1897
Home Town: Darlinghurst, City of Sydney, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Chemist's assistant
Died: Natural causes, Randwick, New South Wales, 24 September 1924, aged 27 years
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
Memorials: New South Wales Garden of Remembrance (Rookwood Necropolis)
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World War 1 Service

17 May 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 5598, Liverpool, New South Wales
8 Oct 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 5598, 2nd Australian General Hospital: AIF, HMAT Warilda, Sydney
8 Oct 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 5598, 2nd Australian General Hospital: AIF, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '23' embarkation_place: Sydney embarkation_ship: HMAT Warilda embarkation_ship_number: A69 public_note: ''
18 Mar 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 5th Division Headquarters
20 Nov 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 15th Field Ambulance
21 Nov 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Corporal, 15th Field Ambulance
25 Nov 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Sergeant, 15th Field Ambulance
17 Jun 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Lance Sergeant, 5598, 15th Field Ambulance

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

Lawrence Flynn of Massachusetts, USA writes;

I possess a diary-like book, a collection of poems, ditties, rhymes, and general musings that after year of research, today I had a breakthrough. I have come to the conclusion that I think the book belonged to Cecil Ernest Ricketts.

I lived in Australia for 9 years....1993-2002, yet I have no idea how I came to possess this book.  I didn't discover it until years after I moved back to Boston USA.

Private Ricketts appears to have been stationed on the Somme....in what appears to have been a postal/medical base where soldiers passed through.  He appears to have asked a number of soldiers to contribute pages to this diary, and I'd say a few dozen did so. 

Anyway, I have been trying to figure this out for years, and I think today was the day.  I love this little diary.  The entries are 100 years old this year.  But as much as I love this diary, I think it belongs in Australia....either with Mr Ricketts family, the RSL, or perhaps a university or Australian Historical Society.

If you are a family member of Rick Ricketts, or have a genuine connection this first world war relic, please feel free to contact me - [email protected]

Kind Regards,

Lawrence J Flynn
Swampscott, Massachusetts


"RICKETTS.- September 24, 1924, at Prince of Wales Hospital, Randwick, Cecil Ernest (Rick), aged 27, dearly-beloved husband of Kathleen Ricketts. 

RICKETTS.- September 24, 1924, at Prince of Wales Hospital, Randwick, Cecil Ernest (Rick), aged 27, dearly-beloved son of Catherine Ricketts and dearest brother of Grace, Doris, and Neville." - from the Sydney Morning Herald 25 Sep 1924 (nla.gov.au)