Thursday, December 8, 2016

Morton Charles Cambage

Serial Number and Rank: 2776, Private
Birth:  15 December 1895 Milton. Birth 1896/5012
Baptism:  31 May 1896, St Peter’s and St Paul’s Church of England Milton
Parents:  Charles Cambage and Jane Moore
Enlisted:  13 November 1916 Haberfield Sydney
Next of Kin:  Fa. Charles Cambage
Service: 35th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement and 3rd Battalion
Death: KIA  18 August 1918
Burial:  Templeux-Le-Guerard British Cemetery, Somme, France. Panel: I. D. 7
Honour Rolls:  Kendall Cottage Memorial – To Our Fallen Comrades
Milton Church of England
RSL Honour Roll
Milton Town Memorial
Milton Primary School

Morton Charles Cambage was born in December 1895 at Milton, the son of Charles Cambage and his wife Jane nee Moore. Yes Morton was a grandson of a convict, John Cambage who arrived in NSW aboard the Marquis of Huntley in July 1835.

John Cambage was assigned to the Macleay Estate at Croobyar and worked as a blacksmith in 1840. John is the most likely Ulladulla’s first publican at the George Inn which was located at the eastern end of Wason Street Ulladulla, overlooking the harbour

In 1852 John bought 60 acres of land near the Settlement for £78 pounds, and continued to buy up surrounding lands, he arranged for stonemason James Poole, to build the granite homestead Applegrath in 1868, which still adorns the Milton landscape today.

After attending school at Milton, Morton moved to Haberfield Sydney where he was a dental mechanic. His older cousin Arthur Milton Koychen, of Milton had enlisted into the war in early 1916. Morton enlisted at the age of 20 years and 10 months in November 1916. He embarked for active service aboard HMAT A72 Beltana on November 25, 1916 with the 6th Reinforcement of the 35th Battalion.

Serving on the Western Front in France, he was transferred to the 3rd Battalion in June 1917. Morton was wounded more than 10 times, he continued fighting however he was killed in action on the battlefields of Somme France at Hargincourt on September 18, 1918. He is buried at the Templeux-Le-Guerard British Cemetery in Somme, France.

News of Morton’s death soon reached Australian as in October 1918 the Shoalhaven Telegraph published: News came through on Friday that Private Morton Cambage, son of Mr. C. Cambage, Milton, had been killed in action.

Morton’s British War Medal and Victory Medal were sent to Morton’s father Charles Cambage  in the early 1920s.

Morton name appears on many of our local Honour Rolls:  Kendall Cottage Memorial – To Our Fallen Comrades, Milton Ulladulla RSL Honour Roll, Milton Church of England, Milton Town Memorial and Milton Primary School Honour Roll.

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