|Place of birth||Booral, New South Wales|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Address||Foster, Cape Hawke, New South Wales|
|Age at embarkation||20|
|Next of kin||Mother, Mrs Eliza Jane Blows, Foster, Cape Hawke, New South Wales|
|Previous military service||Nil|
|Place of enlistment||Rutherford, New South Wales|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||53rd Battalion, 8th Reinforcement|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/70/4|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A29 Suevic on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Private|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||53rd Battalion|
|Fate||Returned to Australia
War service: Western Front
Embarked Sydney, 11 November 1916; found guilty, at sea, 27 December 1916, of being absent without leave, 26 December: admonished, and forfeited 1 day's pay; disembarked Devonport, England, 30 January 1917; marched in to 4th Training Bn, Hurdcott, 16 February 1917.
Admitted to Fovant Military Hospital, 16 February 1917 (pleurisy); discharge date not recorded.
Proceeded overseas to France, 3 May 1917; taken on strength, 53rd Bn, in the field, 7 May 1917.
Admitted to 14th Australian Field Ambulance, 16 June 1917 (trench fever); transferred to 56th Casualty Clearing Station, 18 June 1917; to Ambulance Train, 20 June 1917, and admitted to 9th General Hospital, Rouen, 21 June 1917. Transferred to 2nd Convalescent Depot, Rouen, 3 July 1917.
Found guilty, 10 July 1917, of (1) breaking out of Convalescent Depot; (2) disobedience of Routine Orders, i.e. being outof bounds in the forest: awarded 10 days' Field Punishment No 2.
Rejoined Bn, in the field, 7 September 1917.
Detached for duty to Tactical Working Party, 19 September 1917; rejoined Bn from detachment, 22 September 1917.
Admitted to 3rd Australian Field Ambulance, 27 September 1917 (not yet diagnosed); transferred to New Zealand Stationary Hospital, Wisques, 1 October 1917 (neurasthenia); to Ambulance Train, 7 October 1917, and admitted to 3rd Canadian General Hospital, Boulogne, 8 October 1917; discharged to 7th Convalescent Hospital, 13 November 1917; transferred to 10th Convalescent Depot, Ecault, 27 November 1917; discharged to 3rd Rest Camp, 9 December 1917; rejoined Bn, in the field, 9 January 1918.
On leave to United Kingdom, 8 February 1918; rejoined Bn, in the field, from leave, 2 March 1918.
Wounded in action, 26 July 1918 (gun shot wound, left hand), and admitted to 10th Australian Field Ambulance; transferred same day to 5th Casualty Clearing Station; to Ambulance Train, 28 July 1918, and admitted to 47th General Hospital, Le Treport, 29 July 1918. Transferred to England, 7 August 1918, and admitted to Beufort War Hospital, Bristol, 9 August 1918. Transferred to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 16 August 1918; discharged to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 30 September 1918.
Found guilty, 8 November 1918, of, at Monte Video Camp, Weymouth, of being absent without leave from 1500, 6 November, to 1510, 7 November 1918: admonished, and forfeited 1 day's pay.
Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Suevic', 20 November 1918; disembarked Melbourne, 5 January 1919, for onward travel to Sydney; discharged (medically unfit: gun shot wound, left hand), Sydney, 15 March 1920.Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
|Sources||NAA: B2455, BLOWS Charles Andrew|