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Cecil Wanliss (1866–1933)

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.

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'Wanliss, Cecil (1866–1933)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 18 June 2024.

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19 October, 1866
Ballarat, Victoria, Australia


3 October, 1933 (aged 66)
London, Middlesex, England

Cause of Death

heart disease

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