Charles Glyn Firns
From Our Contribution
Western Mail 24 Dec 1915, page 23
|Date of Birth||3 Apr 1897|
|Place of Birth||Fremantle, Western Australia|
|Death||16 Mar 1978|
|Place of Death||Mt Pleasant, Western Australia|
|Age at Enlistment||18 years, 7 months|
5'5½" (1.66m) tall ; 179 lbs|
81.193 kg; fresh complexion ; grey eyes ; brown hair
|Address||Serpentine, Western Australia|
|Next of Kin||Father , Mr Charles Firns|
|Reg Number||1703 A|
|Date of Enlistment||16 Jun 1915|
|Unit/Formation||28th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement / 7th Brigade, 2nd Division|
|Date of Embarkation||22 Jul 1915|
|Ship Embarked On||HMAT A64 Demosthenes|
|Date of Return||16 Jan 1919 ‒ 22 Feb 1919|
|Ship Returned On||HMAT A64 Demosthenes|
Wounded in Action 12 Oct 1916, Belgium |
Wounded in Action 2 Sep 1918 Mont St Quentin
Returned to Australia
Mundijong School Roll of Honour |
Mundijong Honour Roll
Serpentine Roll of Honour
1914-15 Star |
British War Medal
Attended school at Buckingham's Siding, Mundijong, and Serpentine between 1904 and 24 Jan 1906.
On entry to Blackboy Hill camp, Charles was allocated to the 2nd reinforcement draft for the 28th Battalion, and travelled with them to Egypt.
On 11 Oct 1915 along with 192 other members of the 2nd and 3rd reinforcements he joined the battalion on Gallipoli, with the men allocated to the Rifle Companies the following morning. His individual records have no entries for his time on the Gallipoli Peninsular. On 10 Jan 1916 he disembarked from HMT Ausonia in Alexandria, ex Mudross, having left Anzac Cove on 28 Dec 1915 or earlier for Mudross.
A brief period of retraining and guarding the Suez Canal at Ferry-Post, was followed by a return to Alexandria on 16 Mar 1916. The battalion boarded HMAT A32 Themistocles in Alexandria and sailed for Marseilles in France at 5:30pm on 16 Mar 1916, arriving there at 3:30pm on the 21st.
Soon after arriving in France Charles spent time in hospital (August 1916), before being wounded in action for the first time on 12 Oct 1916. He was one of two members of a raiding party that were wounded during an attack on enemy lines in Belgium. The party captured two members of the 106th Saxon Regiment. Admitted to the 5th Australian Field Ambulance on 14 Oct 1916, he was quickly passed to the 17th Casualty Clearing Station and then on 15 Sep 1916 to the 14th General Hospital in Wimereux. On 15 Oct 1916 he was embarked on HMHS St Denis at Boulogne for England where the next day he was admitted to the Eastbourne Military Hospital with a gunshot wound to his left elbow and shoulder, deemed to be severe. By way of contradiction, in the view of the unit War Diary, his injury was said to have not been "serious".
Regardless it was a year later that he again embarked for France through Southampton, rejoining his battalion on 20 Oct 1917 at Steenvorde where they were resting.
In January 1918 Charles was ranted leave in Paris before in late March 1918, when he spent three days in 7th Australian Field Ambulance in France with scabies. Wounded a second time on 2 Sep 1918 Charles received multiple GSWs when the battalion attacked German positions east of Mount St Quentin. Seen by the 14th Australian Field Ambulance and then the 53rd Casualty Clearing Station on 2 Sep 1918, he was placed on a Hospital Train and sent to 9th General Hospital in Rouen. He was then transferred to England on 5 Sep 1918 aboard HMHS Western Australia and admitted next day to the 1st Southern General Hospital on Dudley road Birmingham. Discharged from hospital on 14 Oct 1918 he was granted a fortnight's furlough.
On 23 Nov 1918 he had his second brush with military law, being charged with having been AWOL from 2130 on 12 Nov till 0900 on 13 Nov 1918. Admonished and fined a day's pay. His earlier brush had occurred during the time he was recovering from his first injuries at Stourbridge where he had entered an area out of bounds to other ranks. For this misdemeanor he was awarded 10 days confined to barracks.
Discharged by the 5th Military District on 20 Apr 1919
In Fremantle during 1922 Charles married Myrtle Annette Box. Myrtle died 11 Sep 1969 in Melville.
Electoral Roll entries - 1922 Serpentine, mill hand; 1925 farmer at Koorda; 1936 - 1937 a miner at Paddington; 1943 at 80 Lyall street, Hannans, miner; 1949 at 65 Addis street, Kalgoorlie, miner (Reginald Glyn Lourdes also); 1963 - 1968 at 11 Halse crescent, Melville, retired ; 1977 Charles and Reginald only at 3 Ventnor avenue, Mt Pleasant.