Cecil Ferris

First Name: 
Cecil
Last Name: 
Ferris
Alternate Spelling: 
Ferriss
Date Enlisted: 
Monday, January 4, 1915
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Private
Unit: 
1st Light Horse
Company: 
5th Reinforcements
Service: 
Cavalry
Awards: 
British War Medal
Star 1914/5
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Saturday, September 19, 1970
Details: 

Cecil Ferris was born c.1895 in Botany New South Wales.

He enlisted on 4 January 1915 at the age of 20. His enlistment records state that he lived on Canterbury Farm, Unanderra with his guardian Mrs C Naples and worked as a labourer. They also state that he served in Wollongong G Company for three years prior to joining the 1st Light Horse Regiment.

He joined his unit in Gallipoli, October 1915 and subsequently proceeded to join the Western Front Force, Egypt in January 1916.

On 4 November 1917, he was admitted to 43rd Stationary Hospital suffering from a gunshot wound in his right leg.

He returned to Australia on 15 November 1918 after being diagnosed with Malaria.

Cecil moved to Strathfield following the war and spent the rest of his life there until his passing on 19 September 1970.

 

NB. The image of Cecil Ferris has been shared by Wollongong City Gallery following the War and Remembrance project (October 2003 – January 2004).

The purpose of the project was to acknowledge the contributions of Illawarra residents in various wars, conflicts and peacekeeping missions from the Boer War to the present day.

If anyone has any information or additional photographs of these soldiers and nurses, please contact us.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, FERRIS C

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