No.3471 Charles George Chamberlain
John and Whelamina* Chamberlain of Parker Street, Werribee were one of several families represented on our two commemoration boards who provided more than one son to the war effort.
It would appear that three of their boys served during World War I with John Henry Chamberlain killed in action in Belgium in March 1918 aged just 20.
Charles George Chamberlain was born around 1895 at Colbanabbin in Central Victoria some 160 kilometres north of Melbourne.
He was living in Werribee with his parents at the time of his enlistment on 28 July 1915 aged just 20, working as a labourer.
On enlistment, he was assigned to the 8th Reinforcements, 24th Infantry Battalion and sent off for basic training to Seymour. It was during this time that doctors uncovered a heart complaint brought on by a childhood disease that resulted in Charles spending much of his time in the army hospital. He was never to leave Australia and was discharged as medically unfit in March 1916.
He returned to Werribee to live and work after his service. It’s not known if he married after the war, but he died in Werribee in 1963 and is buried here.
Medals and Entitlements
- Nil awarded
*Whelamina’s name varies in spelling, depending on the record. In some it is spelt with an ‘e’ and with others an ‘i’. Her maiden name was Wendle.
National Archives of Australia, B2455: Chamberlain C G