Claude Henry MATTHEWS

Regimental number3842
Place of birthBowden, South Australia
AddressBowden, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Height5' 9.5"
Weight130 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Ester Maude Matthews, 7th Street, Bowden, South Australia
Previous military service77a Battalion, Senior Cadets (4 years); 77th Infantry (still serving)
Enlistment date27 March 1916
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, 9th Reinforcement
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A73 Commonwealth on 21 September 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation altered to MID: not awarded.
Recommendation date: 2 August 1918

FateReturned to Australia 10 June 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Frank and Esther Maud MATTHEWS
Discharge date21 September 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Adelaide, 21 September 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 14 November 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 4 February 1917; marched into 5th Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 4 February 1917.

Marched out to unit, 8 February 1917; taken on strength of 32nd Bn, in the field, 9 February 1917.

Admitted to 5th Divisional Rest Station, 23 March 1917 (diarrhoea); transferred to No 3 Australian Casualty Clearing Station, 2 April 1917 (enteritis); to 1/1 South Midland Casualty Clearing Station, 7 April 1917; to No 12 General Hospital, Rouen, 9 April 1917; to No 2 Convalescent Depot, Rouen, 17 April 1917; discharged, 21 April 1917; marched into 5th Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 24 April 1917.

Rejoined 32nd Bn, 27 April 1917.

Detached to 1st Anzac Signal School, 9 September 1917; rejoined unit, 1 November 1917.

On leave to the United Kingdom, 22 February 1918.

Promoted Lance Corporal, 23 February 1918.

Rejoined unit from leave, 11 March 1918.

Promoted to Corporal, 24 April 1918.

Detached to 4th Army Signal School, 4 May 1918; rejoined unit, 20 June 1918.

On leave to England, 17 January 1919; rejoined unit, 16 February 1919.

To hospital, 17 February 1919; admitted to No 8 Australian Field Ambulance, 18 February 1919 (influenza); discharged and rejoined unit, 26 February 1919.

Marched out for return to Australia, 17 April 1916; marched into No 5 Group, Weymouth, 24 April 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Port Lyttleton', 10 June 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 5 August 1919; discharged Adelaide, 21 September 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death30 November 1928
Age at death30
Place of burialAIF Cemetery, West Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia
SourcesNAA: B2455, MATTHEWS Claude Henry