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Charles Andrew BLOWS

Regimental number3126
Place of birthBooral, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFisherman
AddressFoster, Cape Hawke, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Height5' 5.5"
Next of kinMother, Mrs Eliza Jane Blows, Foster, Cape Hawke, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date4 September 1916
Place of enlistmentRutherford, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name53rd Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/70/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A29 Suevic on 11 November 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll53rd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 20 November 1918
Discharge date15 March 1920
Other details

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
SourcesNAA: B2455, BLOWS Charles Andrew

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