Bertie Ruben Cantrill was the seventh of 12 children born to Albert Edward Cantrill and Louisa Jane Moaer. He grew up on his parent’s property, Strathnoon, at Borenore, and was educated at Nashdale Public School.
Bertie enlisted in June 1918. He was living in Parkes at the time and working as a carrier, carting wool for the railhead at Forbes. He was discharged prior to leaving Australia.
In July 1922 Bert married Kate Connell from Forbes. They started a window cleaning business in Sydney with Kate’s brother Hugh and his wife Ann, but later returned to the Central West, settling in Leeton in the 1940s. The couple had three daughters, and one son.
* Cantrill, Peter W. 1998, Cantrill ancestry: the history of Cantrills in Australia