honor role

Waterhouse, Ernest John

3503 11th Bn.

Born at Coolgardie WA, CoE.  Enlisted 14th September 1915 scholar, age 15 years and 11 months and confirmed on his medical report. Nok father, Ernest Frederick Waterhouse of Irvine St, Peppermint Grove. Embarked at Fremantle 2 November 1915 per A38 Ulysses. Ernest suffered severe diarrhoea and was hospitalised. He served in England and fought his last action at Villeret France on 18 September 1918.  In March 1919 he had influenza and RTA per A14 Euripides. Discharged 23 June 1919. Despite his late departure he qualified for all three service medals: 1914-15 Star, BMW and VM. After the war he took up a War Service farm Goomalling and became Goomalling’s first Shire President. He married Marjorie S. Tilly with whom he had five children. During WW2 he was a sergeant with the local 9th Battalion Volunteer Defence Force. Jack, as he was known, was a bugler in the 11th Battalion and he sounded this bugle at local Anzac Day services until 1955. In 2014 his son, Bob Waterhouse had possession of the bugle. Jack passed away at his Rocky Hill farm 4th November 1966.  Ocean Beach (29th) Troop Boy Scouts Honour Roll. Note: this Scout Troop, later the Mosman Park Scout Troop, had its beginnings at Waterhouse Snr’s   Peppermint Grove property. Three of his sons were members.