Keith Wylie MATTERS

MATTERS, Keith Wylie

Service Numbers: 936, W232695
Enlisted: 17 January 1916
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: Volunteer Defence Corps (SA)
Born: Malvern, South Australia, 16 February 1895
Home Town: Perth, Western Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Stockman
Memorials: Mount Hawthorn War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

17 Jan 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Driver, SN 936, 44th Infantry Battalion
6 Jun 1916: Involvement Driver, SN 936, 44th Infantry Battalion
6 Jun 1916: Embarked Driver, SN 936, 44th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Suevic, Fremantle
17 Jun 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Driver, 44th Infantry Battalion

World War 2 Service

27 Jun 1940: Involvement Private, SN W232695, Volunteer Defence Corps (SA)
27 Jun 1940: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Private, SN W232695
27 Jun 1940: Enlisted Perth, WA
27 Oct 1941: Discharged

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Biography contributed by Steven Anderson

Keith Wylie Matters was born in Adelaide, South Australia, on 16 February 1895 to John Leonard Matters and Emma Alma Matters (née Warburton) and grew up to serve Australia in both world wars. A stockman prior to service in the A.I.F. in World War I, he enlisted on 27 January 1916 at the age of twenty. He returned to Australia on 17 June 1918 after acting as a Driver with the 44th Australian Infantry Battalion. In World War II he enlisted as a Private of the Volunteer Defence Corps on 27 June 1940 at Mount Hawthorn in Perth, Western Australia. At the date of Keith’s discharge, 27 October 1941, he was posted to the supply depot.

Keith Matters was from a large family of ten children. He and two of his brothers, Leonard Warburton Matters and Charles Adams Matters, had a longstanding connection to Australia’s war efforts - Leonard serving in the Boer War and Charles in World War I (the latter was killed in action during the Gallipoli Campaign). Outside of his war service Keith and his wife Elsie Krietling raised four children (Keith, Elaine, Lynette, and Margaret). He was also a younger brother of Muriel Matters, an Australian-born suffragist who helped women achieve the vote in Britain. Keith passed away in 1972.