Cecil James Talbot Eivers

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Cecil James Talbot Eivers
Personal Information
Date of Birth 18 May 1901
Place of Birth Kelmscott, Western Australia
Death 7 Apr 1986, aged 84
Place of Death City Beach, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 41 years, 10 months
Description 5'6" (1.68m) tall ; 144lbs
65.317 kg
; dark complexion ; brown eyes ; black hair
Occupation Railway Officer (OIC Assets Section)
Religion Church of England
Address 14 Hammond road, Claremont, Western Australia
Next of Kin Wife , Mrs Beryl Eivers
Military Information
Reg Number W66769
Date of Enlistment 23 Mar 1942
Rank Private
Unit/Formation 3rd (Swan) VDC Battalion
Post War Details
Fate Remained in Australia

Pre War

Cecil joined the Western Australian Government Railways on 4 Dec 1916 as a Cadet, earning £50 per annum. This increased to £176 in November 1920 when he was promoted to Clerk, paid £209 p.a. In October 1939 he was Officer in Charge of the Assets Section, paid £510 p.a. On 29 Dec 1948 he was promoted to Acting Secretary for the Railways with a stipend of £1,360 p.a. and his promotion was confirmed on 18 Aug 1849. On 18 Feb 1952 he was made Acting Deputy Commissioner for Railways, and from 1955 he was the Commissioner for Railways. It appears that yet another restructure resulting in his position being titled Senior Administrator, with periods as Acting Deputy Commissioner during the period 1962 - 23 Apr 1965 when he retired.

Electoral Roll entries: 1925 at 1036 Hay street, Perth, clerk; 1931 at Swan View; railway officer; 1936 at 12 Wattle street, South Perth, clerk; 1943 at 14 Hammond road, Claremont, clerk

During 1928 Cecil married Beryl June Sibert (1901 - 1977) in Northam. They had two children. Beryl died on 15 Oct 1977 in Kalamunda.

War Service

Enlisted at Claremont on 23 Mar 1942, and allocated to 'H' Company of the 1st (Perth) VDC Battalion. Cecil was promoted Lance Corporal in 'D' Company on 16 Aug 1942. On 8 Sep 1944 he was transferred to the 3rd (Swan) VDC Battalion. On 18 Feb 1945 he sustained an injury which after investigation was found to have occurred while he was on duty and not the result of negligence. On 26 Apr 1945 his medical records note that there was a small amount of blood clot over the perforation, to return in 1 month. On 26 May 1945 it was noted that most of a blood clot was removed, but with some still remaining he was to return in a month to have it dealt with.

The report of the accident and what the injury was is not amongst the records on the Australian Archives site. Cecil was subsequently discharged on 15 Oct 1945.

Post War

Electoral Roll entries: 1949 at 8 Avonmore avenue, Cottesloe, railway employee; 1954 at Albany highway, Maddington, secretary; 1958 at 43 Ventnor avenue, West Perth, secretary; 1963 at 469 Cambridge street, Floreat Park, secretary; 1968 at 27 Fifth avenue, Shoalwater Bay, retired; 1977 - 1980 at 24 Anne avenue Walliston.


On 24 May 1941 Cecil had enrolled in the then RSL managed Volunteer Defence Corps before it came under military control.

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