Sweetheart brooch : Mrs W M Waters

Place Oceania: Australia
Accession Number REL33173
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Heraldry
Physical description Enamel, Metal, Mother of pearl (shell)
Maker Unknown
Date made c 1916-1917
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Round sweetheart brooch with a metal and enamel rising sun badge on a mother of pearl background.

History / Summary

Sweetheart brooch worn by Mrs Winifred Mabel Waters, wife of 4542 Private Johny Waters. Born in Cornwall, England, Private Waters migrated to Australia with his family at the age of 4 and settled in South Australia. As a 23 year old motor driver he enlisted with 27 Battalion on 20 December 1915. He embarked from Adelaide aboard HMAT Shropshire on 23 March 1916 and proceeded to join his unit in France in December. On 27 February 1917 during the German withdrawal to the new Hindenburg Line defences, Waters was wounded in action. He had been fighting at Malt Trench, between Warlencourt and le Barque in France and received a severe gun shot wound to the head which fractured his skull. He was admitted to 3 Canadian Stationary Hospital but later died of his wounds on 7 March. He is buried at Doullens Communal Cemetery, France. In 1922 Mrs Waters married a returned soldier, 1452 Driver Richard Trendall.