Clifton Ferdinand William was born in Farmborough England in 1874. The son of a wealthy family, who made their fortune in the Victorian Goldfields before returning home to the UK.
It wasn’t until January 1911, that Ferdinand, 38 seeking a fresh start following the death of his parents settled in Eumundi.
He bought 20 acres and a house close to town,
to carve out a niche for himself as a fruit grower and immersed himself into the Eumundi community.
On 7 September 1914, Ferdinand, 40 enlisted voluntarily and on 24 September 1914 embarked from Brisbane on board the HMAT A5 Omrah to join the Gallipoli campaign.
Private Clifton’s war however, proved to be short and plagued by ill health and in less than a year he died from 'sunstroke' while on board the HS Canada.
Private Clifton is remembered for his service at the Lone Pine Memorial Gallipoli Peninsula Turkey.
There is much more to Clifton's sunstroke story - click on the short video to find out
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