Reuben George Martin WEATHERALL

WEATHERALL, Reuben George Martin

Service Numbers: 1704, S67309
Enlisted: 28 November 1914
Last Rank: Staff Sergeant (CQMS)
Last Unit: 1st (SA) Battalion VDC
Born: Queenstown, SA, 13 December 1882
Home Town: Adelaide, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Clerk
Died: 30 July 1963, aged 80 years, cause of death not yet discovered, place of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: North Brighton Cemetery, S.A.
Brighton Cemetery, Adelaide, South Australia
Memorials: Adelaide Grand Masonic Lodge WW1 Honour Board (2)
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World War 1 Service

28 Nov 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1
1 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1704, 10th Infantry Battalion
1 Apr 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 1704, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Port Lincoln, Adelaide
26 Mar 1917: Promoted Australian Army (Post WW2), Staff Sergeant (CQMS)
29 May 1919: Wounded Staff Sergeant (CQMS), SN 1704

World War 2 Service

8 Apr 1942: Involvement SN S67309, 1st (SA) Battalion VDC
8 Apr 1942: Enlisted Adelaide, SA
12 Nov 1945: Discharged

World War 1 Service

Date unknown: Involvement 10th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières

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Biography contributed by Tiahna Ludborzs

Reuben George Martin Weatherall was born on December 13th, 1882, to mother (name unspecified) and father James Wetherall. He was a part of the Baptist church, and worked as a clerk in Queenstown, Adelaide, before enlisting as a private at Oakbank aged 31 and a half years old.

He embarked on the 1st of April, 1915, as part of the 10th battalion, 4th reinforcements, departing on the HMAT Port Lincoln A17 ship from Adelaide.

On the 6th of July, 1915 he was taken on strength from battalion reinforcements in Gallipoli, where he stayed until he transferred to Alexandria and proceeded to join the British expeditionary forces as part of the 3rd echelon. Then, he disembarked for Marseilles on the 3rd of May, 1916 via the Saxonia.

He was injured at war and subsequently took leave from the army. He departed for Australia via the Castalia. He then travelled to England for leave where he worked as a records clerk.

He later re-joined from leave, but was unable to be attached to any unit at the time. However, he was later relocated and able to serve as part of a different battalion.

He received numerous promotions during his time in the army, serving in the positions of company quarter master sergeant (CQMS), staff sergeant, and half sergeant, and served in numerous places such as Egypt, Gallipoli, France, Alexandria and the western front.

He eventually returned to Australian shores after being discharged on 3 April 1919 and lived a long and fulfilling life. Despite being single when he enlisted, he ended up marrying 37 year-old Charlotte Ann Worsley on 01 Oct 1921 at the age of 38. They were buried together in the North Brighton cemetery, located in Glenelg.

Reuben passed away on the 30th July, 1963 at the age of 80.