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Gerald Edward Suttor

Motor Driver

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Serial No. 1459

1st Light Horse Regiment, 10th Field Artillery Brigade, 4th Divisional Ammunition Column & 2nd Australian Motor Company


Gerald Edward Suttor - Information

Gerald Edward Suttor was born in Campbelltown on the 12th of June 1878. The Suttors then acquired Boronia in Ingleburn, and settled on their new plot. Sadly, Gerald lost his father in 1886 Still just a young lad, Gerald then began working in the area on farms as a woolclasser. He then lost his mother, Marianne, in 1912. When he was 37 years old, he decided to fight for his country, enlisting in the AIF on the 11th of August 1915 in Liverpool. He joined the 1st Light Horse Regiment and departed Sydney on the 4th of October 1915 onboard the HMAT Mashobra.

Gerald arrived in Egypt, and was taken on strength to the Light Horse Camp at Heliopolis, and trained with the Reserve Regiment. On the 21st of April 1916, he was transferred to the 4th Division Artillery at Tel-el-Kebir, and was posted to the 10th Field Artillery Brigade. Then in May, Gerald was appointed Driver with the 4th Divisional Ammunition Column, and was shipped to France the following month. Gerald delivered important munitions to units during the Somme Offensive. In September, he was transferred for a short time to the 12th Field Ambulance, transporting men from the battlefield to casualty stations and hospitals. By March 1917, Gerald was feeling rather ill and was admitted to hospital in Rouen with bronchitis. He was then evacuated to England when the infection developed into nephritis. Once Gerald recovered in May, he was granted lighter duties completing driving details with various bases in England, as part of the Army Service Corps. In May 1918, he was transported back to France from Southampton. The following month, he was taken on strength to the 2nd Australian Motor Company. After completing his tour of duty, Gerald was discharged in October 1919. He then left England to return home via America at his own expense.