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Charles Harry SIMPKINS

Regimental number19123
Date of birth17 July 1895
Place of birthAscot Vale, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
AddressMoonee Ponds, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21.9
Height5' 6"
Weight122 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs M L Simpkins, 55 Lorne Street, Moonee Ponds, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed for 2 years in Sea Cadets; previously rejected for enlistment on account of physique.
Enlistment date30 April 1917
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameArmy Medical Corps, September 1917 Reinforcements
AWM Embarkation Roll number26/99/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 22 December 1917
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll15th Field Ambulance
FateReturned to Australia 2 January 1919
Discharge date2 March 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Karmala', 2 January 1919 (gun shot wound, elbow, head and thigh); discharged (medically unfit), Melbourne, 2 March 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Also served in World War II: enlisted, 16 December 1940; discharged, 21 January 1947, as V91120 Staff Sergeant, Australian War Grave Maintenance Unit.
Date of death9 September 1956
Age at death61
Place of burialSpringvale Botanical Lawn Cemetery, Victoria
SourcesNAA: B2455, SIMPKINS Charles Harry

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