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St Peter's 13-18

Lawrence Miles Cadle

Rank:  Company Commander

Date of Birth: 1885

At St Peter’s: 1901-1903

Home: North Bailey, Durham; later Australia

Date of Death: KIA 14th May 1918

Regiment: 18th AIF, B. Company


Cadle, Lawrence Miles (1885-1918), s. of Charles Ernest Cadle (1853-1926), solicitor (J. G. Wilson, Ornsby and Cadle), and Elizabeth Rebecca nee Thwaites (b. Rosedale, Yorkshire), of North Bailey, Durham; Home address in Australia was that of his sister, Mrs Amps, at Bukka Creek, near Coffs Harbour; prior to moving to Australia, had spent three years with the Durham Light Infantry for training purposes; 

Education: 1891: Framwellgate, Durham, England; 1901: Jan, to St Peter's School, York, England, boarder; Photographic Club; with Crosthwaite, considered among the best in the school's soccer team (Crosthwaite and Cadle also came 1 and 2 in the Mile), and particularly helpful in the Hockey team; 2nd XI (Colours); appointed sub-Librarian; Prize for Beginners swimming; Dec. 2nd XV (Colours); confirmed in the Anglican church; 1902-3: First XI, First XV, First Hockey XI (Colours); 1902: Prize for Batting Average; 2nd, Half Mile Handicap; 2nd, Open High Jump; 3rd Quarter Mile; 1903: Cricket Prize for Bowling Average; (in the game against the Old Peterites of that year, he bowled 6 for 29, and scored 54); the Peterite declared him "A good bat, but too eager to score quickly; a very fair bowler. Good all-round cricketer." (The Peterite, Oct 1903, 87); Fives Pair; won the fives tournament; Chess Club; first grade soccer, for Durham City F.C.; 2nd, Open Long Jump; 1st 120 yards hurdle; 1st, Mile (5min 25sec); 2nd High Jump;  17 Dec: attended Old Peterite Meeting; (with A. B. Sale) to Pembroke College, Oxford University; played Rugby for Pembroke; and in the Oxford Trial Match; 1904: Pembroke College XI;  XV: Secretary of College XV; after an injury, he discovered that his inability to play Rugby meant that he was "by no means incompetent as a soccer player." (The Peterite, Dec 1904, 154); 1905: interCollegiate athletics versus Sidney Sussex College, in High Jump (2nd), Mile (2nd), and Hurdles (1st); for several years played for Old Peterites vs. the School.

1911: from Japan, to London; 1912: 14 Mar: arr. Sydney, Australia on the Otranto; to TSC; "He used to teach geography and Latin. From Scots he went to St. Stanislaus, Bathurst, and afterwards to King's. At school he was very well liked, indeed." (S. 1918.12, 54); known as a cricketer, with a first grade batting average of 25.16 (for Central Cumberland). When the Central Cumberland Cricket Association could not hold its annual meeting in 1916, one of the reasons given was the absence of people such as Cadle on active service. (Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate, Saturday 12 August 1916, 3). Of the Cumberland First XI, Cadle was one of four who joined up in 1915 alone (B. Davidson, E. Fathers, and Sid Thomas). In one match, (no. 2 West vs no. 3 West regional cricket), he hit five sixes in his innings tally of 46. When at St Stanislaus, he was also known for being 'prominent in local football [ie. soccer] circles'. (Bathurst Times, Monday 10 June 1918, 3) 

1912: present at an 'at home' party hosted by Mrs. Chadwick at her home 'Orieltan', Ocean Street, Woollahra (also present were the Heydes, Rosses, Norries, and others associated with TSC) (Sunday Times, Sunday 15 September 1912, 4); 1914: founding Councillor of the Bathurst British Association Football Club; 1913: to St Stanislaus College, Bathurst; March: played in the Taralga Cup Match for Bathurst against Parkes; played for Orange/ Bathurst combined team against the University of Sydney touring team; June: played Rugby for the Western Region F. U. against Balmain, the touring Maoris team; and City and Suburban.

1915: his brother, E. G. Cadle, killed at the sinking of the HMS Formidable; by 19 January, he was playing cricket in Bathurst for the City side vs. Country; transferred to King's School (in Bathurst, his departure was announced as to the staff of the University of Sydney); played football (ie. soccer) for Granville; member, Parramatta Golf Club; enlisted 1st AIF; dep. Australia per HMAT A29 Suevic, 20 Dec. Just prior to his enlistment, the annual prize giving ceremony at King's featured rousing speeches by the Archbishop at the "quasi military school -- that turns out Men, and Patriots!." During the commemorative service in the Chapel, a roll of honour listing the dead, and a second roll, for "those who had volunteered or were now fighting or preparing to fight...". W. M. Pitt, F. A. Trotter, L. M. Cadle, and G. B. Owen Tuck were already on that second roll. "The whole School gloried in, and was proud of the Old Boys who had given their lives for King and Empire." (Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate, Saturday 19 June 1915, 11)  1916: 27/7: light schrapnel wounds, hospital; 29/ to England; 18/9: wounded; 4/12: to hospital, Trench foot; 9/12: promoted Lieutenant; 1917: at Cobham Hall for recuperation; promoted Adjutant, 66th Bttn.; 25/4: transferred to 18th Bttn.;  to Overseas training Brigade, Longbridge Deverill; 18/11: to France; 1918: 9/1: promoted Captain; Company commander, 18th AIF, B. Company; 14 May, KIA: "He was of B. Company, at Morlancourt. He took a party over the No Man's Land, was shot by a sniper, his body was not recovered for 1 1/2 days, when his body was bought to Battn. H. Q. Morlancourt", near Villers-Brettoneux. [The final report determined he had been killed by a machine gun bullet]. Apparently, Cadle was leading a spontaneous counterattack to repulse a German thrust which had taken a post from the 17th Battn, and due to need for speed of response, crossed open ground, where he was hit by a bullet. "He was a big man, 14 stone, aged about 38 [in fact, 33], and 5'11" tall."

Family: siblings: Muriel (b. 17 Aug 1887); Lesley (b. 4 Jul 1889); Edith (b. 8 Aug 1894-1981; m. Edward Conder M.A. M.C.);  Ernest Geoffrey (b.  17 Mar 1898, RN, also killed, 1915); Arthur Frank (1 Jul 1901-1980; later a solicitor in Stockton on Tees, Durham). 

Information kindly supplied by Mark Hutchinson, The Scots College, Sydney, Australia