Roy Luke Cantrill

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Service no: 5548 [1]

Place of birth: Orange, 21 October 1898

Address: Meadow Creek, Trundle

Occupation: Farmer

Next of kin: Joseph Cantrill (father), Meadow Creek, Trundle, later Carlisle Street, Canowindra

Date of enlistment: 13 March 1916

Place of enlistment: Sydney

Age at enlistment: 18

Fate: Embarked Euripides, Sydney 9 September 1916. Disembarked Plymouth 26 October 1916. Proceeded to France December 1916. Hospitalised 10 February 1917. Discharged from hospital 14 February 1917. Killed in action, Malt Trench, Warlencourt, France.

Date of death: 28 February 1917

Buried: Warlencourt British Cemetery, France, Plot 6, Row H, Grave 19

Roy Luke Cantrill was born in Orange in 1898, the youngest of nine children born to Joseph Cantrill and Sarah Ann Richards. The family were living in Trundle when WWI broke out, and Roy enlisted in March 1916, aged 18. He embarked in Sydney in September 1916 and proceeded to France in December, a Private in the 19th Battalion.

Roy was hospitalised in February 1917, and was shot by a German sniper just two weeks after he was released. He was 18. Sgt Davies of the 19th Battalion described him as “a quiet man and much liked among the boys.”

Cantrill Street in Trundle was named in Roy’s honour. His name appears on the Honour Roll at the Soldier’s Memorial Hall in Trundle, alongside that of his brother, Matthew, who also served during WWI.

  • Cantrill, Peter W. 1998, Cantrill ancestry: the history of Cantrills in Australia

Western Champion, 12 April 1917, p. 23.

Roy Luke Cantrill memorial service [2]

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