Remembrance Day: The Myers brothers
The Myers family lived in a house at Gunnamatta Bay where the family ran a fishing business, taking parties out on the bay. The brothers attended Cronulla Public School when it opened and were involved in the Cronulla SLSC.
Arthur joined the Navy three days after his 15th birthday and just after his 18th birthday, sailed on HMAS Australia on which he served for nine months, engaging in experimental aircraft operations. At the end of the war, the crew led the port column of the Grand Fleet after the German High Seas Fleet had surrendered, in November 1918. Upon his return to Cronulla, he continued to serve at several naval
bases until he was discharged in December 1924.
Walter was 18 years old when he enlisted, and sailed on HMAS Berrima to Egypt where he joined the 4th Battalion. They shortly sailed to France, arriving in the Somme Valley in April 1916. During heavy shelling in Pozieres, Wally sustained severe wounds to his arm and face and didn’t re-join his unit until
February 1918. Three weeks later when they were fighting again on the Somme, Wally was gassed on two occasions, the second caused chemical burns on his exposed skin.
After he returned home in March 1919 he lived in Cronulla and dredged large amounts of shell grit from the beach for commercial sale. Wally was a founding member of Cronulla RSL.
Wally and Arthur were not the only Myers siblings to serve their country with three younger brothers serving in WWII and the youngest during the Korean War.