Photograph of Private Charles Cecil Cuthbert and Frame


Metal Photograph Frame with rising sun badge on top.
Photograph of Charles Cecil Cuthbert. b. 1899 d. 1923
51st Battalion 13th Brigade

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Pte Charles Cecil Cuthbert 1899-1923.
Charles was only 18 years old when he enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force. He embarked on HMAT Miltiades to serve in the 51st Infantry Battalion 13th Brigade.
Charles was hospitalised several times after being gassed, suffering pneumonia and receiving a severe gunshot wound to his left knee whilst serving in France. He returned to Australia and was discharged in April 1920.
Charles died of illness in September 1922



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155 mm
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200 mm
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Alfred Cuthbert, (1851-1929), married Harriet Emily Farthing (1853-1907) in Colchester England in 1874.
Their son Thomas Alfred Cuthbert (1875-1952) married Agnes Elizabeth Palfrey (1874-1944) in 1898 in Colchester, England.
They had 2 sons & 4 daughters:
Charles Cecil (1899-1923). Born Colchester England
Florence Emily (1901-1991). Born Colchester England
Edward Alfred (1902-1986). Born Bedfordshire, England
Evelyn Agnes (1904-1948). Born Colchester England
Gertrude Elizabeth (1910-2001). Born Busselton
Ruth Alice (1913-2004) Born Busselton
Walter Thomas (1916-2015) Born Busselton
The couple emigrated to Western Australia with 4 children on SS Oratava in 1908.
They arrived in Fremantle, where Thomas left his wife and children and travelled to the southwest, to look for land.
As all the coastal land had been taken up, he selected 160 acres (homestead block) no. 705 on Jalbarragup Road, about 12 miles from Busselton.
The family joined him, and together they set about clearing the land, planting fruit trees & vegetables.
They lived in a canvas hut with a jarrah bark roof & a stone fireplace. Eventually a house was erected, made of split sawn timber slabs.
A corrugated iron roof and verandahs were added later. There was a dirt floor for many years.
The farm became very self-sufficient: chooks, ducks, pigs & cows were eventually acquired.
Flour bags were refashioned as outside wear, sugar bags were made into smocks, calico bags into pants, petticoats & towels. Nothing went to waste.

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