Charles John Mitchell

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Charles John Mitchell
Personal Information
Date of Birth c1889
Place of Birth Burnham, Buckinghamshire, England
Death 21 Jun 1963, aged 77
Place of Death Armadale, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 30 years, 4 months
Description 5' 8" (1.73m) tall ; 148 lbs
67.132 kg
; dark complexion ; brown eyes ; black hair
Occupation Miner
Religion Church of England
Address NOK Ravensthorpe, Western Australia
Next of Kin Brother , Mr George Edwin Mitchell
Military Information
Reg Number 3082
Date of Enlistment 29 Dec 1919
Rank Private
Unit/Formation 3rd Pioneer Battalion, 6th Reinforcement / 3rd Division
Date of Embarkation 29 Dec 1916 ‒ 3 Mar 1917
Ship Embarked On HMAT A34 Persic
Date of Return 1 Jun 1919 ‒ 8 Jul 1919
Ship Returned On SS Somali
Fate Returned to Australia
Monument Armadale War Memorial (Armadale panel)
Armadale and Districts Roll of Honour
Medals British War Medal
Victory Medal

Pre War

Electoral Roll entries -1914 labourer in Armadale

War Service

Three weeks after commencing his basic training at Blackboy Hill camp, Charles was allocated to the 19th reinforcement draft for the 28th Battalion. However, a fortnight later he was transferred from them to the 6th reinforcement draft for the 3rd Pioneer Battalion.

Four weeks later they departed for England, and on arrival in England he was sent to the Pioneer Training Battalion at Larkhill to prepare for service in France and Belgium. It was to be another five months before Charles was sent to France.

On arrival in France Charles entered the 3rd Division Base Depot on 26 Aug 1917, and on 3 Sep 1917 he joined the 3rd Pioneer Battalion in the field at Lindenhoek. While Pioneers were part of the Engineering Corp, on many occasions they performed Infantry like roles, and were often immediately behind the attacking units, providing paths for movement and resupply as well as assisting the signals units' communications.

On 12 Dec 1917 Charles was sent to the 1st Anzac Corps school at Aveluy to prepare him for an NCO role, rejoining his unit on 21 Jan 1918. On 6 Jun 1918 Charles presented to the 10th Field Ambulance with influenza. Passed to the 5th Casualty Clearing Station the same day, he was placed aboard the Ambulance Train No. 8 on 11 Jun 1918 and admitted to the 10th General Hospital in Rouen.

On 1 Jul 1918 Charles was invalided to England aboard HMHS Western Australia, where he was admitted to the Northamptonshire War Hospital with influenza, before moving on 19 Jul 1918 to the 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital at Dartford. On 22 Jul 1918 he was released to No.3 Command Depot at Hurdcott, moving on to the No 1 Command Depot at Sutton Veny on 9 Sep 1918, and then the Overseas Training Brigade at Longbridge Deverill on 24 Oct 1918.

It was late November 1918 (21st) before Charles returned to France, rejoining his unit on 3 Dec 1918. On 14 Apr 1919 he was transferred back to the UK to prepare for his return to Australia.

Discharged 5th Military District 15 Aug 1919

Post War

No records of a marriage found.

Electoral Roll entries - 1925 a settler in Group 82 Peel Estate; 1936 in Seventh road Armadale, a poultry farmer; 1937 - 1958 market gardener in Littlejohn road, Armadale


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