Cecil Reginald DERRICK


DERRICK, Cecil Reginald

Service Number: Officer
Enlisted: 24 March 1915, Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Major
Last Unit: 22nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Richmond, Victoria, 23 March 1878
Home Town: Brighton, Bayside, Victoria
Schooling: Elsternwick State School
Occupation: Food analyst/Chemist
Died: Died of wounds, Gallipoli, 20 September 1915, aged 37 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Buried at sea
Memorials: Hampton RSL Gallipoli Memorial Gardens, Lone Pine Memorial to the Missing
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World War 1 Service

24 Mar 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Melbourne, Victoria
10 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Captain, SN Officer, 22nd Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
10 May 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Captain, SN Officer, 22nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ulysses, Melbourne
20 Sep 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Major, 22nd Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli

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"Since the inception of the compulsory training system, Captain C. R. Derrick has held command of the military cadets in Port Melbourne, and in stating that he has been popular with the trainees and brought them to a state of proficiency which has generally been approved of and admired, we simply echo the sentiment of every interested resident. The call for services at the front could no longer be withstood by the genial captain, and although he is parting from a work full of interest and ambition to him, the call of his comrades in the firing line has had its sway, and he has now joined the camp at roadmeadows, preparatory to training the recruits for the third Expeditionary Force, with which he will serve in the rank of Major, his correct military standing.

Captain Derrick joined the military forces in 1899, served five years in the ranks, gaining every rank of non-commissioned office, as lance-corporal, corporal, and sergeant. In 1904 he was appointed second-lieutenant, in 1909 promoted lieutenant in the 6th A.I.R., and captain in 1910. In addition to passing the various examinations required for each promotion up to the rank of major, he has obtained many certificates on military subjects, such as military engineering, in which he obtained the honour of having the word distinguished written across the award, map reading and drill amongst other attainments. Last May he obtained a certificate much coveted by military men, to obtain which an officer has to spend a whole week with an examiner from daylight to dark each day, working over the country, and conducting operations on a war footing. In 1911, Captain Derrick was chosen by headquarters as area officer for Port Mlelbourne, and he has very successfully, carried on the appointment. Having passed with credit three years in succession in first aid to the wounded, he is also the holder of the St. John's Ambulance gold medal. In his civil capacity, Captain Derrick is a food analyst
and manufacturing chemist, holding a whole sheaf of diplomas for these subjects." - from the Port Melbourne Standard 03 Apr 1915 (nla.gov.au)