Wyndham History

Charles George Chamberlain (1895-1963)

Item

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Dublin Core

Type

Title

Charles George Chamberlain (1895-1963)

Contributor

Date

28 July 1915

Publisher

Wyndham City Libraries

Format

text

Language

eng

World War One Veterans Item Type Metadata

Name

Charles George Chamberlain (1895-1963)

Birth Date

Service Number

3471

Enlistment Date

Next of Kin

John Chamberlain

Address at time of Enlistment

Parker Street, Werribee

Occupation

Marital Status

Single

Death Date

Place of Burial

Werribee

Biographical Text

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.

War Service
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.

Post War
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
Notes
*
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.

Bibliography

National Archives of Australia, B2455: Chamberlain C G

Citation

“Charles George Chamberlain (1895-1963),” Wyndham History, accessed July 24, 2021, https://www.wyndhamhistory.net.au/items/show/2207.

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