Michael Loder WATERS

Year of Birth:  1895

Place of Birth:  Cooktown, Queensland

Date of Enlistment:  1 November 1915

Date and Place of Embarkation:  18 May 1916, Sydney, New South Wales

Ship:  HMAT Demosthenes A64

Rank:  Lance Corporal

Unit(s):  41st Australian Infantry Battalion – 1 to 6 Reinforcements

Regimental Number:  1103

Died:  4 June 1917


Corporal Michael Loder Waters – photo courtesy RSL Virtual War Memorial


Michael Loder Waters was born in 1895, the second of four sons of Charles Henry Waters and Ellen Bridget Power. The eldest died in infancy and of the remaining three, Michael was the only one to enlist. His 2 younger brothers were too young to go to the First World War. However, his brother David Frederick Waters served in the Australian Army in the Second World War.

On his enlistment in Townsville, Michael  gave his age as 19 years 10 months, occupation a Carpenter and next of kin his mother, Mrs. Ellen Waters, Bungalow, N.Coast Line Qld. He was 5 feet 4 1/2 inches in height, weighed 8 stone with a fresh complexion, blue eyes and brown hair. He was Roman Catholic.

He enlisted with the rank of Private and was promoted to Corporal on 20 February 1916 and embarked on the HMAT Demosthenes from Sydney on 18 May 1916. He arrived in England on 20 July 1916 and proceeded to France on 24 November 1916.

Michael Loder Waters was wounded in action on 3 June 1917 and taken to No. 2 Casualty Clearing Station where he died the next day, 4 June 1917. He was buried at Trois Arbres Cemetery, Steenwerck, Nord Pas de Calais, France.


HMAT Demosthenes A64 – photo courtesy Australian War Memorial


Cairns Post 13 June 1917 p4


Online Resources

Queensland Birth Death & Marriage Index

Photograph of Private M L Waters, RSL Virtual War Memorial

NAA: B2455, Waters, Michael Loder, National Archives of Austrmihalia

Photograph of HMAT Demosthenes A64,  Australian War Memorial

Australian War Memorial

Cairns Post 13 June 1917

Trove Digitised Newspapers, National Library of Australia


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