Victor Edward PREWETT

Year of Birth:  1891

Place of Birth:  Cooktown, Queensland

Date of Enlistment:  20 February 1915

Date and Place of Embarkation:  24 May 1915, Brisbane, Queensland

Ship:  HMAT Ascanius A11

Rank:  Driver

Unit(s):  7th Australian Field Ambulance

Regimental Number:  3532

Died:  26 August 1916

 

Driver Victor Edward Prewett – photo courtesy Pozieres Remembers

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Northern Herald (Cairns) – 17 March 1916 p6

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Victor Edward Prewett was born in Cooktown on the  6 May 1891 to Walter Stevens Prewett and Martha Eades and the youngest of 7 children. Maud Agnes born 1880, Eva Eades 1881, Walter Edgar 1883, Violet Martha 1885, George Cecil 1886, Ida 1887, Mabel Clare 1889 then Victor Edward in 1891. He attended the Cairns State School and at the Cairns Show in August 1904 and 1905 received awards in the Juvenile Work, Section 2, Exercise Book Class V and VI.

In the 1913 Electoral Roll, Victor was a grocer in Herberton, Qld.

Victor’s mother Martha Eades died 12 May 1927. She originated the ‘mile of pennies’ movement, during the Great War, on behalf of the Red Cross. His father Walter Stevens, who spent 47 years in the Far North and regarded as a “Railway Veteran” and “great constructionist” died on the 18 November 1934. They are buried in the Martyn Street Cemetery, Cairns.

On his enlistment in Cairns his age was 22 years 8 months, occupation a Grocer and his next of kin his father Walter S. Prewett, McLeod St., Cairns. His height was 5 feet 10 inches, weighed 140 pounds with dark complexion, brown eyes and black hair. His religion was Church of England.

Victor transferred from transport to a bearer in France on his own request on the 14 June 1916 and was attached to the 44 Casualty Clearing Station on the 9 August 1916 but rejoined his unit on the 12 August 1916.

Victor Edward Prewett was killed in action on the 26 August 1916 and remembered on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, Picardie, France.

 

HMAT Ascanius A11 – photo courtesy Australian War Memorial

 


NAA: B2455.

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Northern Herald (Cairns) – 17 March 1916 p6

 

Cairns Post – 12 October er 1916 p4

 

Online Resources

Queensland Birth Death & Marriage Index

Photograph of the: HMAT Ascanius A11, Australian War Memorial

NAA: B2455, Prewett Victor Edward, National Archives of Australia

Australian War Memorial

RSL Virtual War Memorial

Pozieres Remembered

Trove Digitised Newspapers, National Library of Australia

The Northern Herald (Cairns) 17 March 1916, p6

Cairns Post – 12 October 1916 P4

Northern Herald – 6 April 1917 p27

 

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