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Charles Vincent BAINES

Regimental number2560
Place of birthWest Brunswick, Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationTram conductor
Address88 Hope Street, South Yarra, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation32
Height5' 8"
Weight145 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs M Baines, 13 Barkley Street, West Brunswick, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date3 August 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll26 July 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name23rd Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/40/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 27 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll58th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Place of death or woundingBattle of Fromelles, France
Date of death19 July 1916
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 14), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Mother died 24 June 1929.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Admitted to No 1 Australian General Hospital, Heliopolis, 23 January 1916 (injury to head); transferred to No 1 Auxiliary Hospital, 27 January 1916; to Convalescent Depot, Helouan, 2 February 1916.

Allotted to and proceeded to join, 58th Bn, 23 February 1916; taken on strength, 23 February 1916.

Admitted to 4th Field Ambulance, 30 March 1916 (sore feet); transferred same day to No 1 Stationary Hospital, Ismailia; to 8th Field Ambulance, 31 March 1916; rejoined unit, Ferry Post, 1 April 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 17 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Missing in action, 19 July 1916.

Statement by 2851 Pte V.R. BAKER, 15 February 1917: 'Whilst engaged in collecting equipment etc from dead and wounded men in No Man's Land on the Fromelles Front during August 1916, I took a Pay Book showing 2560 Pte Baines C V 58th Bn from the body of a dead soldier. I could not recognise the face of the soldier as he had been deceased at least a couple of weeks, but as I knew that Pte Baines was missing, I took this body to be the body of Pte Baines.'

Statement, Red Cross File No 190205, 2851 Pte V.R. BAKER, C Company, 58th Bn (patient, No 2 General Hospital, Calais), 2 December 1916: 'He was killed the 19th July at Fromelles in No Man's Land. I found his body and took his pay-book out of his pocket.'

Second statement, 2758 Pte J.H. RANDALL, 58th Bn (patient, No 22 General Hospital, Etaples), 1 March 1917: 'After we had got over about 200 yards on Nomansland (sic) in the attack at Flerbaix (sic), I saw him go down from m.g. fire, which killed him instantly.'

Note on file: 'No trace Germany[.] Cert. by Capt. Mills 10.10.19.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BAINES Charles Vincent
Red Cross file 190205

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