Chenhall family members at 27 Byron Street, Moonee Ponds, early 1916. Back row from left: Gordon McRae (Elsie’s fiancé), Elsie, Ida Chenhall nee Morell, Sergeant Cecil Chenhall, Ethel, Ruby Chenhall, Charles Clayton. Front row, seated: Leura, Mrs Morrell, Mary with Bob on her knee, Ruby, Howard Trathan, Clarence Clayton Chenhall (son of Ethel and Charles). Ruby married Howard Trathan. Photo courtesy of the Chenhall family collection.
Cecil Chenhall, a 21 year old salesman, had trained with the 58 Infantry (Essendon Rifles). In January 1916 he enlisted in the AIF and embarked as a Sergeant with the 39 Infantry Battalion. This interesting photo shows the family gathered, possibly to farewell the soldier. Cecil embarked on 27 May 1916, and on the same day, Gordon McRae, picture above at the far right, enlisted. Howard Trathan, sitting cross-legged on the right, enlisted later in October 1916. One of the three did not return.