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Charles William KNIGHT

Regimental number1670
Place of birthSt Mary, Crey, Kent, England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFarm hand
AddressKent Town, Adelaide, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 8.5"
Weight132 lbs
Next of kinFather, Peter Knight, St Mary, Crey, Kent, England
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date3 November 1914
Place of enlistmentOuyen, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name5th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/22/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A54 Runic on 19 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollDriver
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 1 April 1919
Discharge date14 September 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Joined Bn at Gallipoli, 8 May 1915.

Found guilty, 19 June 1915, of disobeying an NCO: awarded 28 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Admitted to 3rd Field Ambulance, 26 July 1915; transferred to No 1 Casualty Clearing Station, 27 July 1915; to HS 'Soudan' (anaemia and enteritis), 27 July 1915; disembarked Alexandria, 31 July 1915, and admitted to 17th General Hospital. Transferred to England, 12 October 1915, and admitted to 1st Southern General Hospital, Edgbaston, 24 October 1915; taken on strength, Australian & New Zealand Base, Weymouth, 15 February 1916.

Forming 27th Draft to rejoin Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, 25 March 1916; marched in to 2nd Training Bn, Tel el Kebir, 17 april 1916.

Embarled Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 8 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 14 June 1916.

Transferred to 5th Bn, 3 December 1916.

Appointed Driver, 6 March 1917.

On leave to United Kingdom, 3 December 1917; rejoined Bn from leave, 18 December 1917.

Married Lydia Annie SAUNDERS, spinster, aged 21, at the Register Office, Bromley, Kent, 13 December 1917.

Admitted to Divisional Rest Station, 23 June 1918; transferred to 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Station, 28 June 1918 (bronchitis); to 7th Stationary Hospital, Boulogne, 29 June 1918; to England, 11 August 1918 (trench fever), and admitted to General Military Hospital, Edmonton, 12 August 1918; transferred to 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford; discharged on furlough, 30 August 1918, to report to No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 13 September 1918.

Marched out to Overseas Training Brigade, 5 November 1918.

Found guilty, 14 December 1918, of being absent without leave, 2130, 8 December, till reporting back, 2130, 11 December 1918: awarded 3 days' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeited a total of 6 days' pay.

Found guilty, 7 January 1919, of being absent without leave, 0001, 5 january, until reporting back, 2130, 6 January 1919: admonished and forfeited 2 days' pay.

Commenced return to Australia on board SS 'Shropshire, 1 April 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 16 May 1919; discharged, Melbourne (medically unfit), 14 September 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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