Cyril spent many years fighting for Australia in world war two.
On his first deployment, he travelled to the Middle East. On the same ship as Cyril was Glorine Barwick's
[ne Ferris] brother Bert Ferris.
Cyril remembers when his entire regiment were all very hungry, just outside the town of Timbuctoo, Western Africa. The Americans had been in town 3 weeks earlier and had played
up something terrible. So the Australians weren't allowed into town, and that was where they were supposed to replenish their food supplies. Cyril and the other soldiers he was with killed and boiled up a camel. It was the worst thing he'd ever eaten, and
still is, and it took 3 weeks to get the taste out of his mouth.
Cyril spent his time in the Middle East and Africa fighting the Germans and Italians until Darwin was bombed. Once Darwin was bombed, they were
ordered home to help defend Darwin and northern Australia from the Japanese. While the trip over to The Middle East was very pleasant aboard a massive navy converted passenger liner, the trip home again was a nightmare. It was a hurridly chartered Indian boat,
very small and overcrowded. They had no guns or weapons of any sort and they'd have been a sitting duck to an enemy ship. Cyril and all the rest got so sick on the trip home from sea sickness and crook food that he wished he'd been sunk by the enemy.
Once back in Darwin, Cyril spent 12 months doing general army work, and preparing for an invasion by the Japanese. Once they came back to Adelaide for extra training. On the train trip back to Darwin, Cyril remembers
that the train was so overloaded that everyone had to get out on one steep rise and help to push the train up the hill. Then Cyril spent another 17 months in New Guinea, mostly around the Port Morsby area.
Years after the war ended, Cyril went to Japan to visit the country, mainly to try to understand the place that these barbaric and cruel people had come from. In Japan he found the Japanese to be the friendliest and most considerate people he had ever met.
Cyril's family continued to farm "Cedar Vale". Later, when Cyrils brothers Victor and Jack took over, Cyril lived and farmed at Borambil Creek.
Cyril was a keen tennis player, and remembers winning the odd competition game, at Willow Tree, Warrah, and Big Jacks Creek tennis courts. Numerous people say that he was an exceptionally tallented player and one of the best in the district at the time.
He also played on well into his 70's, when only failing eyesight had him hang up his racket. Cyril also spent countless hours coaching kids tennis lessons.
Cyril moved into Willow Tree to live in 1973.
He moved into the same house he lives in now.