Charles John West (1896-1949)Subject
West, Charles JohnPublisher
Wyndham City LibrariesDate
No.5713 Lieutenant Corporal Charles John West
Charles John West was born to David and Annie West (nee Cameron) in 1896 in Werribee Victoria. He had the following siblings:
- James Douglas
- Colin Cameron
- Helen, and
Charles enlisted into the Army at Melbourne, Victoria on 1 August 1916. He was aged 19 years and ten months and he was 5 feet and 8 and three quarter inches tall. Charles weighed 139 pounds and had a chest measurement of 31 and a half to thirty five inches. His complexion was listed as fresh, he had blue eyes and brown hair.
All of this was recorded at the time of his enlistment.
He proceeded overseas to France on 31 December 1916. He was with the 21st Battalion, 15th reinforcements and he was a Lieutenant Corporal.
He embarked from Australia on 25 September 1916 and disembarked in Plymouth on 10 November 1916.
On 11 December 1916, he proceeded overseas to France and on 9 October 1917 he was admitted to the No 4 NZ Field Ambulance – wounded.
Charles' medical record confirmed that he was wounded in 1917 Head; and 1918 Gassed and in the back.
He returned to Australia on 5 September 1919 and was discharged from the Army on 20 October 1919.
Electoral Rolls have Charles living in Manor Werribee 1942 and 1949 with Annie, Helen and James Douglas West – his siblings.
Charles died on 22 June 1949 aged 52 years at Manor Place, Werribee. He was buried at Werribee Cemetery.
Medals and Entitlements:
- British War Medal
- Victory Medal