Cecil Wanliss

Cecil Wanliss

Male 1866 - 1933  (66 years)

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  • Name Cecil Wanliss 
    Born 19 Oct 1866  Ballarat, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    GRAD 1886  Sandhurst, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Royal Military College 
    • bThe Argus (Melbourne) /b2 October 1886
      Ballarat
      News received by the last mail states that Mr Cecil Wanliss, third son of Mr T.D. Wanliss, has passed out of the Royal Military College at Sandhurst and has received his commission as lieutenant in the South Lancashire Regiment, the depot of which is at Warrington, in South Lancashire. Lieutenant Wanliss is one of the few officers in the British service who understands Russian, being able to read, write, and speak that language. He also thoroughly understands German and has a competent knowledge of French. The first battalion of the regiment is at Portsmouth and the second in Natal.
    Travel 1 Feb 1894  Suez, Egypt Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Sailed from Melbourne bound for Suez on the Ville de la Ciotat. [source: The Argus]
    Residence 1906  Simla, India Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 1911  India Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • India military return of commissioned officers (locations are not shown)
      Cecil Wanliss, Major, 44, married, 1st South Lan. Regt., Army Officer, born Victoria, Australia, absent on the census night
    Biography
    • From the bio of David Sydney Wanliss, regarding his brothers:
      Cecil (1866-1933), was born at Ballarat on 19 October 1866, graduated from the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, England, in 1886, and joined the South Lancashire Regiment as a lieutenant. By August 1914 he was lieutenant-colonel commanding the regiment's 2nd Battalion at the battle of Mons. There he became the first Australian officer in World War I to lead a battalion into battle, the first to be wounded and the commander of the first battalion to mount a bayonet charge against the Germans. Following the retreat from Mons, he was one of several commanders who were suspended. Later exonerated, he served out the war commanding training battalions in England and was appointed O.B.E. in 1919. After post-war service in Germany, he retired in September 1920. From 1925 he lived in Switzerland; he died suddenly at Kensington of coronary vascular disease on 3 October 1933 while visiting London.
    Travel 9 Mar 1916  Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Name: Colonel C M G Wanliss
      Age: 51
      Arrival Date: 9 Mar 1916
      Arrival Port: Brisbane, Australia
      Departure Port: London
      Ship: Orontes
      Nationality: English
    Military 1886-1920 
    South Lancashire Fusiliers 
    • graduated from the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, England, in 1886, and joined the South Lancashire Regiment as a lieutenant. By August 1914 he was lieutenant-colonel commanding the regiment's 2nd Battalion at the battle of Mons. There he became the first Australian officer in World War I to lead a battalion into battle, the first to be wounded and the commander of the first battalion to mount a bayonet charge against the Germans. Following the retreat from Mons, he was one of several commanders who were suspended. Later exonerated, he served out the war commanding training battalions in England and was appointed O.B.E. in 1919. After post-war service in Germany, he retired in September 1920.
      [Australian Dictionary of Biography, online edition)

      13 Apr 1910 The Prince of Wales Volunteers (South Lancashire Regiment) - Supernumerary Major C. Wanliss is restored to the Establishment, vice D.G. Prendergast, promoted. [London Gazette]
    Residence 1925-1933  Switzerland Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • Obit says he lived his last years in Switzerland. Son Ewan's engagement announcement in 1934, after his father's death, says his mother lives in Vevey, Switzerland.
    Residence 1933  Bellaria, La Tour de Peilz, Switzerland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Death notice in newspaper.
    Died 3 Oct 1933  Kensington, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4, 5
    Obituary 7 Oct 1933  Melbourne, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    The Argus 
    • Saturday 7 Oct 1933
      Advice has been received in Melbourne of the death in London on Tuesday of Colonel Cecil Wanliss, a member of a well-known Victorian family. He was aged 67 years. Colonel Wanliss was the third son of the late Mr. and Mrs. T.D. Wanliss of Ballarat. His father represented Ballarat district in the Legislative Council for some years. Educated at Ballarat College, Colonel Wanliss left as a young man for England, where he joined the army. He had a distinguished career as a member of the 2nd South Lancashire regiment and is believed to have been the first Australian-born officer to have fought in the Great War. He took part in the retreat from Mons, during which he was severely wounded. Before the war, he saw service in India, where he was for a time on Lord Kitchener's staff. He is survived by a widow and a son and a daughter. His brothers are Chief Judge Wanliss of the Mandated Territory of New Guinea, Mr. Newton Wanliss of Point Lonsdale, and Mr. Neville Wanliss and Mr. Ewen Wanliss, of Melbourne, while the wife of the Lieutenant-Governor (Lady Irvine), Mrs. A.J. Fisken of Melbourne and Miss Mabel Wanliss of England are sisters.
    Notes 
    • Marriage: Oct-Nov-Dec 1904 Crickhowell Breconshire 11b 177 with Cecil Wanliss and Honora L.V. Arbuckle on the same page
    Person ID I50  49: David Wanliss & Janet Moon
    Last Modified 2 Dec 2012 

    Father Thomas Drummond Wanliss,   b. 1830, Abernethy, Perth, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Apr 1923, St. Andrew, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years) 
    Mother Eliza Henderson,   b. Est 1830,   d. 1918, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 88 years) 
    Married 10 or 15 Mar 1859  Melbourne, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 7, 8
    Family ID F4  Group Sheet

    Family Honora "Norah" Louise Vaughan-Arbuckle,   b. 24 Sep 1878, Craigend, Bonnington, Edinburgh, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Nov 1959, Switzerland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Married 1904  Breconshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Ewan Ormerod Wanliss,   b. 10 Jun 1906, Simla, India Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jul 1989, Blackpool & Fylde Reg. Dist., Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
     2. Helen Pamela Jean Wanliss,   b. 4th November 1919, Ealing, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Jul 2009, Wimbledon, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years)
    Last Modified 2 Dec 2012 
    Family ID F20  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    Cecil Wanliss (1866-1933)
    Cecil Wanliss
    in the uniform of the Manchester Regt, possibly taken when he went with the 52nd (Graduated) Battlion Manchester Regiment as part of the Army of the Rhine after WW1; from the archives of the Queens Lancashire Regt Museum here in Preston

  • Sources 
    1. [S10] Australian Vital Records Index (LDS).
      WANLISS, Cecil CB 2123487 Birth
      Father Thomas Drummond
      Mother Henderson Eliza
      Event Place Ballarat
      Reg Year 1866 Reg State Victoria
      Ref Number 19409

    2. [S21] Newspaper or Magazine, THE ARGUS, MELBOURNE (Reliability: 3).
      Saturday 20 October 1866
      Births
      WANLISS-On the 19th inst, at Sturt-street west, Ballarat, Mrs Thomas D Wanliss of a son.

    3. [S22] Australian Dictionary of Biography online edition, (http://adbonline.anu.edu.au/biogs/A120730b.htm).

    4. [S21] Newspaper or Magazine.
      The Times, Friday, Oct 06, 1933
      Died on 3 Oct very suddenly in London, Lieut. Col. Cecil Wanliss, O.B.E., late South Lancashire Regt., of Bellaria, La Tour de Peilz, Switzerland, age 67.

    5. [S21] Newspaper or Magazine.
      The Argus - 7 October 1933- Deaths
      Wanliss - On the 3rd October (suddenly) at London, Lieut.-Colonel Cecil Wanliss, O.B.E., formerly C.O. of the South Lancashire Regiment, loved husband of Norah, aged 66 years.

    6. [S4] Parish record (per Romeril film), SON DAVID'S BIRTH RECORD (Reliability: 3).

    7. [S10] Australian Vital Records Index (LDS).
      Surname: WANLISS
      Given Names: Thomas Drummond
      Event: M
      Spouse Surname: HENDERSON
      Spouse Gvn Names: Eliza
      Sex: M
      Year: 1859
      Reg Number: 2327

    8. [S21] Newspaper or Magazine, THE ARGUS, MELBOURNE, AUS. FRIDAY 18 MARCH 1859 (Reliability: 3).
      Married on the 15th inst at Roxburgh Cottage by the Rev. Irving Hetherington, Thomas D. Wanliss of Ballarat to Eliza, younger daughter of John Henderson, brewer of Flinders-lane.