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Charles Joseph FLETCHER

Regimental number375
Place of birthTambo, Queensland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressFarleigh, Mackay, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 7.75"
Weight128 lbs
Next of kinGrandparent, Mrs Lena Fletcher, Farleigh, Mackay, Queensland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date20 March 1916
Place of enlistmentRockhampton, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameMachine Gun Company 12, Reinforcement 5
AWM Embarkation Roll number24/17/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A73 Commonwealth on 19 September 1916
Regimental number from Nominal Roll375A
Rank from Nominal RollDriver
Unit from Nominal Roll21st Machine Gun Company
FateReturned to Australia 20 April 1919
Discharge date22 July 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 19 September 1916; admitted to ship's hospital, at sea, 21 October 1916; discharged, 26 October 1916; admitted to ship's hospital, 4 November 1916 (synovitis); disembarked Plymouth, England, 14 November 1916; marched in to Australian Machine Gun Training Depot, Grantham, 23 November 1916.

Letter 'A' affixed to regimental number, 17 March 1916.

Mustered as Driver, 24 February 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 17 March 1917.

Appointed Lance Corporal, 14 October 1917.

Admitted to 8th Australian Field Ambulance, 5 February 1918 (synovitis, left knee), and transferred to 1st Australian Division Rest Station; to 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Station, 6 February 1918; to 2nd Australian Casualty Clearing Station, 12 February 1918; to Ambulance Train No 23, 13 February 1918, and admitted to 24th General Hospital, Etaples, 14 February 1918; transferred to No 1 Convalescent Depot, 5 April 1918.

Unit designation changed to 1st Machine Gun Bn, 1 April 1918.

Rejoined unit, in the field, 26 April 1918.

On leave to United Kingdom, 7 August 1918; rejoined Bn from leave, 25 August 1918.

Admitted to 3rd Australian Field Ambulance, 29 August 1918 (venereal disease, urethritis), and transferred to 12th Casualty Clearing Station; to No 1 Stationary Hospital, Rouen, 2 September 1918; to 51st General Hospital, 5 September 1918, and reverted to Private at own request; transferred to 39th General Hospital, Havre, 13 September 1918; discharged to Base Depot, Camiers, 3 December 1918; total period of treatment for venereal disease, gonorrhoea: 97 days.

Admitted to 39th General Hospital, 13 December 1918 (not yet diagnosed); transferred to England, 26 December 1918; admitted to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, 24 January 1919; discharged to Convalescent Training Depot, Parkhouse, 27 March 1919; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 63 days.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Boonah', 20 April 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 8 June 1919; transhipped to HT 'Sardinia', and disembarked Sydney, 11 June 1919; discharged (termination of period of enlistment), Brisbane, 22 July 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, FLETCHER Charles Joseph

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