Wentworth Rowland Cavenagh-Mainwaring (1869 – 1933), an Adelaide surgeon, was my great grand uncle.
On August 19 1914 he enlisted the First Australian Imperial Force at the age of 44 and was assigned to the Light Horse as a member of the Medical Corps.
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|Dr. Cavenagh-Mainwaring Selected. (1914, August 20). The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 – 1929), p. 7. Retrieved January 16, 2014, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article56701493|
|THE NATIONS AT WAR. (1914, August 25). The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 – 1931), p. 7. Retrieved January 16, 2014, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article6430247|
He arrived at Gallipoli on 12 May 1915 and was evacuated 11 September 1915, sick with enteritis.
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|Wentworth Cavenagh-Mainwaring (right) at Gallipoli with Arthur Murray Cudmore. My great grandfather, Arthur Murray Cudmore, also a surgeon from Adelaide, was his brother-in-law. I don’t know who the seated man is although it may be Bronte Smeaton, a fellow doctor from Adelaide.|
In November 1915 Wentworth was recommended for an award and was later presented with the Serbian Order of the White Eagle 5th class (with swords) on 7 September 1917 (gazetted 15 February 1917). My father still has this medal in its presentation box.
Australian War Memorial Photograph IDnumber C02676 Photographer Unknown Object type Black & white – Glass original half plate negative Place made Ottoman Empire: Turkey, Dardanelles, Gallipoli, Anzac Area (Gallipoli), Shrapnel Gully Area, Shrapnel Gully Date made May 1915 Description The main track up Shrapnel Gully on the Gallipoli Peninsula, showing traverses, built to provide cover from Turkish snipers. It was near this site that 283 Major General William Throsby Bridges KCB AIFHQ CMG, General Officer Commanding (GOC), 1st Australian Division, was mortally wounded. Pope’s Hill can be seen in the background.
Wentworth Cavenagh-Mainwaring served for the duration of the war. His obituary mentions his war service.
|DEATH OF WAR SURGEON. (1933, June 29). Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 – 1954), p. 41. Retrieved January 17, 2014, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article90887332|