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Charles Eric CANTWELL

Regimental number4613
Place of birthOatlands, Tasmania
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressOatlands, Tasmania
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 10"
Weight149 lbs
Next of kinFather, Mr Cantwell, Oatlands, Tasmania
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date16 September 1915
Place of enlistmentClaremont, Tasmania
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name12th Battalion, 14th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/29/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A69 Warilda on 8 February 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll12th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 16 December 1917
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Charles CANTWELL (d. 15 July 1944, aged 81, bu. St Peter's, Oatlands, Tasmania)
Discharge date18 March 1918
Family/military connectionsBrother: 4460 Sergeant Daryl CANTWELL, 52nd Bn, returned to Australia, 15 June 1919.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 8 February 1916; disembarked Suez, 8 March 1916.

Attached for duty with Headquarters Police, Tel el Kebir, 17 April 1916.

Proceeded to England (date not recorded).

Proceeded overseas to France, 21 August 1916; taken on strength, 12th Bn, in the field, 6 October 1916.

Wounded in action, 25 February 1917 (gun shot wound, scrotum); admitted to 1st Australian Field Ambulance, 26 February 1917; transferred to 45th Casualty Clearing Station, 27 February 1917; to St John Ambulance Brigade, Etaples, 5 March 1917; listed as 'dangerously ill', 26 March 1917; transferred to England, 7 April 1917, and admitted to Guildford War Hospital (seriously ill: gun shot wound, scrotum and abdomen); transferred to Pavilion Hospital, Brighton, 19 April 1917; to Guildford War Hospital, 27 April 1917.

Commenced return to Australia from Avonmouth on board HT 'Kanowna' for discharge (wounded: gun shot wound, bladder pulvis bones), 16 December 1917; disembarked Melbourne; discharged, 18 March 1918.

Died of wounds, 9th Australian General Hospital, Hobart, 22 February 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death22 February 1919
Age at death26
Place of burialSt Peter's Anglican Churchyard, Oatlands, Tasmania
SourcesNAA: B2455, CANTWELL Charles Eric

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