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Regimental number1349
Place of birthBourke, New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
Addressc/o Mrs Alice Charlesworth, Cobar, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 5.5"
Weight196 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs A Charlesworth, Cobar, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date2 December 1914
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name13th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/30/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A49 Seang Choon on 11 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollDriver
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Machine Gun Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 14 December 1918
Discharge date31 March 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force (Gallipoli Campaign), 5 April 1915.

Promoted Driver, 10 April 1915.

Admitted to 45th Field Ambulance, Gallipoli, 7 May 1915 (rheumatism); discharged to duty, 11 May 1915.

Taken on strength, 4th Company, AASC Details, Anzac Cove, 19 September 1915.

Returned to 7th Company AASC, 11 October 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria, 25 December 1915 (general Gallipoli evacuation); rejoined 7th Company AASC, Cairo, from Gallipoli, 31 December 1915.

Admitted to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Heliopolis, 15 January 1916 (rheumatism); rejoined unit, 19 January 1916.

Found guilty, 6 February 1916, of absenting himself without leave from 2 pm, 4 February, till 6 am, 5 February 1916: awarded 7 days' confined to camp, and forfeited 2 days' pay.

Transferred to 26th Company, AASC, 1 March 1916.

Found guilty, 16 May 1916, of while on Active Service leaving camp at 0530 on the 14/5/16 without permission and remaining absent until brought back by escort at 1730 on the 15/5/16: awarded 14 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Escorted to Detention Barracks, 16 May 1916.

Marched out to AASC Training Depot, 31 May 1916.

Marched out to 2nd Light Horse Training Regiment, 4 June 1916.

Emarked Alexandria, 2 August 1916; disembarked England (date not recorded); marched into ASC Training Depot, Parkhouse, 3 October 1916.

Found guilty, 7 January 1917, of being absent without leave from 2400, 13 December 1916, till 0745, 2 January 1917: awarded forfeiture of 4 days' pay; total forfeiture: 24 days' pay.

Admitted to Military Hospital, Fargo, 14 February 1917 (scabies); discharged to duty, 7 March 1917.

Admitted to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, 25 March 1917 (circumcision and blood test); transferred to Parkhouse Hospital, 8 April 1917; discharged from hospital, 9 May 1917; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 51 days.

Transferred to Machine Gun Details, 20 July 1917, and taken on strength, Machine Gun Training Depot, Grantham.

Proceeded overseas to France, 11 October 1917; taken on strength, 22nd Machine Gun Company, in the field, 17 October 1917.

Found guilty, 5 November 1917, of neglect of duty in that he absented himself from his post when on picquet at 11.50 pm, 4 November 1917: awarded 4 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Found guilty, 17 November 1917, of neglect of duty in that he on 16 November 1917 was absent from parade at 2 pm: awarded 5 days' Field Punishment No 2.

On leave to the United Kingdom, 15 September 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 3 October 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Burmah', 14 December 1918; disembarked Melbourne, 29 January 1919, for onward travel to Sydney; discharged (termination of period of enlistment), Sydney, 31 March 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsService number incorrectly entered on Embarkation Roll as 1429.
SourcesNAA: B2455, CHARLESWORTH David

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