Cyril Spurgeon RIGNEY


RIGNEY, Cyril Spurgeon

Service Number: 2042
Enlisted: 26 April 1916, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 43rd Infantry Battalion
Born: Point McLeay, South Australia, 22 February 1897
Home Town: Point McLeay, The Coorong, South Australia
Schooling: Point McLeay Public School
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed in Action, Belgium, 3 July 1917, aged 20 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Menin Gate Memorial (Commonwealth Memorial to the Missing of the Ypres Salient), Raukkan Aboriginal Community War Memorial, Raukkan Mission Ngarrindjeri Anzacs Memorial, Raukkan Point McLeay Mission Church War Memorial Window
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World War 1 Service

26 Apr 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Adelaide, South Australia
13 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2042, 50th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
13 Jul 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2042, 50th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Seang Bee, Adelaide
3 Jul 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2042, 43rd Infantry Battalion

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Son of Benjamin and Rachel Rigney; Husband of Constance M. Kropinyeri (formerly Rigney), of Tailem Bend, South Australia.

"Indigenous leaders say Rigney brothers' WWI efforts 'should not be forgotten. By Nicola Gage

Despite not being considered citizens at the time, more than 1,000 Indigenous men and women volunteered to fight in the Great War. Many of their stories are still being unearthed and Aboriginal leaders want to ensure they are not forgotten. One of those stories is that of the Rigney brothers from South Australia's Murray Mouth, who never returned home. Aboriginal teenager Rufus Rigney was 16 when he lied about his age to fight in World War I. His older brother Cyril and his cousins had already enlisted, so Rufus left his home at Raukkan Mission near SA's Coorong and headed for the battlefields. Like many other Indigenous men and women, Rufus was granted temporary citizenship to sign up. Relative Daryle Rigney said he wanted to join his brother and cousins and fight for his country.

"His family wasn't very happy about that and didn't really want him to do that, arguing he was too young but nevertheless he made the decision and went and did that," Mr Rigney said." - READ MORE LINK (