A distinguished career
As we celebrate the ANZAC centenary, we bring you this story of Launcelot William Cleveland.
When he was 40 years old, Launcelot joined the war effort in October 1915, and was listed as Second Lieutenant in the Nominal Role of the Australian Imperial Force.
When not serving on the armed forces, Launcelot was a public accountant. Other occupations listed alongside Launcelot in the 6th Field Artillery Brigade were chef, labourer, timber merchant and farrier. The comrades sailed to for Europe on the HMAT Persic on 22 November 1915, and would become part of the legendary ANZAC Corps.
Less than a year later, in October 1916, Launcelot was recommended for a Military Cross for “good services rendered as Artillery Officer with the 1st ANZAC Corps during the period from June 1916 to the present date, and especially during the period of action with the reserve army”. He was awarded the honour in 1917, and had been promoted to the rank of Major by the end of the war.
Launcelot had already served in the Boer War of 1899 – 1902, and achieved rank of Lieutenant by the time he was discharged in 1900. Before he enlisted, he was already an Associate member of the Incorporated Institute of Accountants of Victoria, (IIAV). The IIAV is an antecedent body of CPA Australia.
Upon his return from the war, Launcelot’s accounting career continued to thrive. In 1930, he was one of the Commissioners for the Royal Commission into the Price of Flour and Bread, and in 1940 he became one of the first accountants awarded a life membership of the CIA. In the following year, Launcelot was elected as member of Faculty of Commerce, Melbourne University. Remarkably, throughout his time in service, Launcelot remained on the council of IIAV, serving from 1910 to 1936. In March 1936, he helped organise the Australasian Congress on Accounting.
During and post-war he remained on the Board of Examiners as the Chairman and was on the Victorian General Council until his death on 28 February 1942.
Launcelot showed dedication to his country, and demonstrated excellence in his accounting career. He gave much back to the profession and this is shown from his many accolades.
The name might sound familiar, as Launcelot Arthur Cleveland is the son of one of our founding fathers, Arthur William Cleveland, and also had a distinguished accounting career.
CPA Australia archives
The above information was put together as part of the CPA Australia archives, ensuring we remember and document the history of our organisation and our Members.