CATHERWOOD, Eric Maxwell

Service Numbers: 12, 6597, QX35565
Enlisted: 15 August 1914, Prahan
Last Rank: Major
Last Unit: 1 Base Sub Area HQ
Born: Prahan, Victoria, Australia, 17 October 1895
Home Town: Hawksburn, Victoria
Schooling: Unknown
Occupation: Estate Agent/Business Manager
Died: Non Battle Casualty, New Guinea, 2 February 1944, aged 48 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Port Moresby (Bomana) Memorial, Proserpine War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

15 Aug 1914: Enlisted Australian Army (Post WW2), Private, SN 12, 5th Infantry Battalion, Prahan
21 Oct 1914: Involvement Private, SN 12, 5th Infantry Battalion
21 Oct 1914: Embarked Private, SN 12, 5th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Orvieto, Melbourne
14 Jul 1916: Discharged Australian Army (Post WW2), SN 12, 5th Infantry Battalion
18 Sep 1916: Enlisted Australian Army (Post WW2), Private, SN 6597, 5th Infantry Battalion, Melbourne
2 Oct 1916: Embarked Private, SN 6597, 6th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Nestor, Melbourne
2 Oct 1916: Involvement Private, SN 6597, 6th Infantry Battalion
1 Apr 1918: Promoted Australian Army (Post WW2), Lieutenant, 5th Infantry Battalion
1 Aug 1919: Discharged Australian Army (Post WW2), Lieutenant, SN QX35565

World War 2 Service

5 Feb 1941: Enlisted Australian Army (Post WW2), SN QX35565, Townsville, Queensland
2 Feb 1944: Involvement Australian Army (Post WW2), Major, SN QX35565, 1 Base Sub Area HQ

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Eric Maxwell CATHERWOOD was born in Prahan, Victoria on 17th October, 1895

His parents were Alfred Maxwell CATHERWOOD & Laura Annie HAYNES

He married Nellie Maie RANDELL in Queensland on 25th March, 1923

He served in both WW1 and WW2  & his last rank was Major in the Milne Bay Base sub area

Eric died as a passenger on a Dakota Aircraft AC -47 which crashed between Cooktown & Milne Bay on 2nd February, 1944 - his death was presumed and there is no known grave

His name is memorialised on the Australia War Memorial & the Port Moresby Memorial