Their bodies are buried in peace; but their names liveth for evermore.
Their Duty Done
A tribute to the men and women of the East Gippsland Region who Died as a result of their participation in World War One : 1914 - 1919
1383 Private Clifford John Cardilini – Stirling Died of wounds 14 September 1915
….. tragedy at home before he enlisted
Cliff Cardilini was one of ten children born to John and Ellen Cardilini when they lived at Sandhurst. The family moved around to Warragul and Colac before settling at Stirling, near Ensay about 1910. Ellen was a member of the Swetnam family who lived at Ensay which may have influenced their move to East Gippsland. Cliff had been working as a farmhand in NSW when he enlisted on 27 January 1915 when he was 24 years old. Just ten days later his sixteen year old brother, Frank, died from an accident in Bairnsdale. It was probably very difficult for him to leave the family at that time, but he sailed with the 18th Battalion on the Ceramic on 25 June 1915. He landed at the Dardanelles on 1 August and was dangerously wounded in action at Hill 60. He was evacuated off Gallipoli and died of wounds on 14 September and was buried at the Gibraltar Cemetery. His brother Lovell also served, as did his cousins, the Swetnams, from Tambo Crossing. Cliff is remembered on the Ensay war memorial.