Charles Henry Cecil and Herbert Cyril Winkworth were two brothers from 29 Johnston Street Annandale. They both went to Sunday School at Village Church (then called St Aidan’s Annandale). Cecil and Herbert were sons of Charles Robert Winkworth, alderman of Annandale Municipal. He was a piano retailer. The steps between Johnston and Rose Streets are called the Winkworth Steps in his honour.
Cecil, the elder brother, was studying divinity in England at St Augustine’s Canterbury when World War I started. He enlisted there in the British Army (King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry). He was killed in action in France on September 25 1916. He was 25 years old.
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The younger brother, Herbert, worked as a joiner until leaving for war aged 19 in March 1916 - six months before his brother died in battle. Herbert served for three and a half years and gained his commission to second lieutenant on the field. He returned to Australia on May 15 1919.
Herbert was the one who unveiled Cecil’s memorial at Village Church in August 1920. The brothers are both commemorated at the Former Annandale Council WWI Roll of Honour and Cecil is also commemorated at the Annandale War Memorial.
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Incidentally, The steps between Johnston and Rose Streets are called the Winkworth Steps in honour of his father. His father's business was the retailing of pianos.
Cecil and Herbert were two of the approximately 1200 Annandale men who served in World War I.
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