Born Albert Park Victoria, Congregationalist. Enlisted 22 May 1916 age 31, clerk. Nok wife, Eliza Constance Petherick, Palmerstone St, Cottesloe Beach. During initial training he proved to be incapable of regular army drill and marching and a medical examination revealed insipient neuresthenis attributed to his sedentary occupation. (A psychological disorder marked by fatigue, a lack of motivation and feelings of inadequacy. He was described as ‘a good man, a good trier and extremely trustworthy’ and pending his discharge, he was assigned to Belmont Army Camp near Perth. A problem arose because Petherick’s file could not be located and he remained in the AIF until 21 February 1917.