Cyril Leslie Quamby (1899-1973)
By the time Cyril was nine, the authorities had decided the youngest Quamby lad was uncontrollable, and he was taken into care.
While he was institutionalised, his older brothers enlisted, and travelled overseas to join the ‘great war’. As soon as Cyril was of age, he likewise enlisted to serve.
Where his brother John had been tall and well-built, Cyril was small and slight, at 5 feet 4 inches (163cm), and weighing 119 pounds (54kg). Nevertheless he survived a year on the Western Front, plus bouts of influenza, trench fever and venereal disease.
In 1919 he joined Australia’s Russian Expeditionary Force, and for a year served with the 201st Machine Gun Battalion, in the wild and most inhospitable tundra of northern Russia.