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Charles William WIGGINS

Regimental number399
Place of birthMajor's Creek, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationButcher
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, James Frederick Wiggins, Major's Creek, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date10 October 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll13 October 1914
Place of enlistmentRosehill, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name7th Light Horse Regiment, B Squadron
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/12/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A33 Ayrshire on 20 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollTrooper
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Light Horse Regiment
FateReturned to Australia 23 December 1918
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Commemorated in St Stephen's Anglican Church, Major's Creek, New South Wales. Roll of Intercession in the church reads: 'The Prayers of Parishioners are asked for the following Soldiers who are serving their God, King, and Country in the World War against Germany's Aggression, Tyranny, and Frightfulness.'
Discharge date15 April 1919
Family/military connectionsBrother: 2009 Sergeant Frederick James WIGGINS, 55th Bn, returned to Australia, 12 June 1919.
Other details

War service: embarked to join the Mditerranean expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 15 May 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria, 25 December 1915 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Found guilty, Maadi, 10 January 1916, of being absent without leave, 10 am, 9 January, to 9 am, 10 January 1916: awarded 7 days' confined to camp, and forfeited 2 days' pay.

Admitted to 2nd Light Horse Field Ambulance, 25 July 1916 (sprained ankle; injury sustained in action); transferred same day to 31st General Hospital, Port Said; discharged to Base, 3 August 1916.

Found guilty, 16 August 1916, for being absent without leave from 0615, 11 August, to 0615, 12 August 1916: admonished, and forfeited 2 days' pay.

Tried by Field General Court Martial, 29 August 1916 on charges of (1) While on Active Service drunkenness, in that he, at Ismailia, 17 August 1916, was drunk; (2) Committing an offence against the person of an inhabitant of the country in which he was serving in that he at Ismailia on 17 August 1916 did assualt one Hassan Ali-el-Biltagi; (3) Committing a civil offence, that is to say, malicious injury to property, in that he at Ismailia on 17 August 1916 did wilfully and maliciously destroy melons, the property of Hassan Ali-el-Biltagi to the value of 50 P.T. Pleaded Not Guilty to all charges; found Guilty of charges 1 & 2; Not Guilty of charge 3. Awarded 44 days's field Punishment No 2.

Attached for duty to Headquarters, Anzac Mounted Division, 11 June 1917; rejoined 7th Light Horse Regiment, 23 October 1917.

Admitted to 2nd Light Horse Field Ambulance, 3 November 1917 (dysentery)l transferred same day to 35th Casualty Clearing Station (diarrhoea); to Ambulance Train, 4 November 1917, and admitted to 45th Stationary Hospital, El Arish; transferred to 44th Stationary Hospital, 6 November 1917; to 14th Australian General Hospital, Abbassia, 7 November 1917; discharged to 2nd Light Horse Training Regiment, Moascar, 14 November 1917; reported to 7th Light Horse Regiment, in the field, 11 December 1917.

Detached to Headquarters, Anzac Mounted Division, 24 May 1918; to School of Instruction, 26 May 1918; rejoined 7th Light Horse Regiment, 23 June 1918.

Detached to 2nd Light Horse Brigade Headquarters, 7 August 1918.

Admitted to 2nd Light Horse Field Ambulance, 12 September 1918 (influenza); discharged, 16 September 1918, and rejoined 2nd Light Horse Brigade Headquarters.

Detached to 7th Light Horse Regiment, 17 September 1918; detached to 2nd Light Horse Brigade Headquarters, 12 October 1918; rejoined 7th Light Horse Regiment, 21 October 1918.

Admitted to hospital, 30 October 1918; rejoined unit from hospital, 3 November 1918 (no further details reported).

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Argyllshire', 23 December 1918; disembarked Melbourne, 1 February 1919, for onward travel to Sydney; discharged, Sydney, 15 April 1919.

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

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