No.2674 Charles William Jones
Charles was born in 1885 at Portland, Victoria. On his enlistment papers his father was James Jones (1846-1929) and he lived at Henty Street, Portland, Victoria. His mother was Elizabeth Jane Robins (1850-1935).
Charles enlisted into the Army at the age of 30 years 7 months at Melbourne, Victoria on 18 January 1916.
He was five feet and six and a half inches tall. Weighed 155 pounds and had a chest measurement of 35/38 inches. His eyes were brown and he had brown hair.
All of this was recorded at the time of his enlistment.
Charles unit was 29th Infantry Battalion, 5th Reinforcements and he embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A68 Anchises on 14 March 1916. He disembarked at Suez on 15 April 1916.
He embarked on troop ship Ivernia at Alexandria on 21 June 1916, and disembarked at Marseilles on 29 June 1916 where he later joined the 29th Battalion on 2 August 1916.
Charles was wounded in action (GSW Scalp and Arms and shell shock) on 27 October 1916. He rejoined his unit on 6 November 1916.
On 28 June 1918, he was appointed driver under AIF Order 785. Transferred to 32nd Battalion AIF Field on 30 October 1918.
Charles returned to Australia on the Durham on 21 July 1919 and was discharged on 12 September 1919.
1913 and 1914 Census records of Corio Werribee list Charles as living in Werribee as a labourer.
On his return to Australia he married Evelyn O’Shannessy in 1921 and they settled in the Metro Farm until after 1937. The 1942-54 Census has them both living in 16 Wedge Street South, Werribee.
He passed away on 18 February 1956 at the age of 71 at Werribee and is buried at the Werribee Cemetery.
Medals and Entitlements:
- British War Medal
- Victory Medal