Cecil and Garnett were sons of Edward and Amy Sutton of ‘Wilby’ Boggabilla NSW. Cecil enlisted at Liverpool NSW in May 1915 when he was twenty four years old. He had served a three year apprenticeship before becoming a Carpenter.
Cecil joined the 19th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement and left Australia for Egypt on HMAT A61 Kanowna in June 1915. After a stint at Gallipoli and then in Egypt he was sent to France in March 1916. Six months later he was promoted to Acting Corporal. Shortly afterwards he was wounded in action however was able to rejoin his unit three weeks later. He received further promotions and in June 1919 became Lieutenant. Cecil returned to Australia in June 1919.
Garnett was twenty three when he enlisted at Brisbane in February 1916. He joined the 2nd Light Horse Regiment, 19th Reinforcement and left Australia for Egypt on RMS Mongolia in July. He was wounded in action in December 1916 and admitted to hospital with a gunshot wound to his chest. Two months later he rejoined his unit. Garnett returned to Australia in 1919 and was medically discharged.
Upon arrival at home, Cecil and Garnett were given welcome home functions at both Yetman and Boggabilla. At Yetman they were presented with a gold medal and their names were recorded on the town’s Honor Roll.