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Charles Arsthorpe HEWINS

Regimental number275
Place of birthGrunsby, Lincolnshire, England
ReligionChurch of England
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation40
Height5' 8.5"
Weight162 lbs
Next of kinWife, May Hewins, Somerset Avenue, Clarence Park, South Australia
Previous military serviceServed for 22 years in the 19th (County of London) Regiment, British Army; left the district.
Enlistment date31 May 1915
Place of enlistmentKeswick, South Australkia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A2 Geelong on 18 November 1915
The 32nd Bn (Headquarters, Signallers, A, B, C, and D Companies) embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on two ships, HMAT A2 'Geelong', on 18 November 1915, and HMAT A13 'Katuna', on 24 November 1915. The Embarkation Roll does not distinguish between these ships, and it is therefore not possible from the Embarkation Roll to ascertain on which ship an individual embarked.
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 23 August 1917
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Listed on Clarkson Ltd Roll of Honor (design commissioned but never made): watercolour painting now held in the State Archives of South Australia. The Roll takes the form of a stained glass window headed 'The Great War 1914-1919', with a dedication: 'In Memory of Employees of CLARKSON Ltd who fell in the Great War and in honour of those who left Australia to serve with the Australian Imperial Forces.' The Roll of names is surrounded by scrolls listing major battles, most of which are misspelled: Courtenay's Post, Passchendael, Bullencourt, Poziers, Villers Brettonneux.
Discharge date8 November 1917
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Disembarked Suez, 18 December 1915.

Admitted to 15th Field Ambulance, Ferry Post, 16 May 1916 (varicose veins); rejoined Bn, 19 May 1916.

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

On special leave to England, 14 January 1917; rejoined unit from leave, 31 January 1917.

Admitted to 8th Australian Field Ambulance, 8 July 1917 (varicose veins); transferred to 6th General Hospital, Rouen, 9 July 1917; marched in to Base Depot from hospital, 11 July 1917.

Proceeded to England, 17 July 1917; disembarked Southampton, 18 July 1917.

Marched in to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 18 July 1917.

Commenced return to Australia on board HMAT A24, 23 August 1917; disembarked Adelaide, 4 October 1917; discharged (medically unfit: varicose veins), Adelaide, 8 November 1917.

War service: 2 years 162 days (of which 1 year 341 days was abroad)

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsName does not appear on Embarkation Roll.
SourcesNAA: B2455, HEWINS Charles Arsthorpe

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