Charles Henry Dohnt

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Charles Henry Dohnt
Personal Information
Date of Birth not known 1872
Place of Birth Kingsbury, South Australia
Death 26 Sep 1964, aged 92
Place of Death Wembley, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 44 years, 9 months
Description 6'(1.83m) tall ; 160 lbs
72.575 kg
; fresh complexion ; blue eyes ; brown hair
Occupation Labourer
Religion Presbyterian
Address Cottesloe Beach, Western Australia
Next of Kin Wife , Mrs Rose Dohnt
Military Information
Reg Number 6986
Date of Enlistment 26 Sep 1916
Rank Private
Unit/Formation 11th Battalion, 23rd Reinforcement /3rd Brigade, 1st Division
Date of Embarkation 23 Dec 1916 ‒ 16 Feb 1917
Ship Embarked On HMAT A35 Berrima
Date of Return 1 Jun 1919 ‒ 8 Jul 1919
Ship Returned On SS Somali
Fate Returned to Australia
Monument Jarrahdale Honour Roll
ANZAC Memorial Park (Byford)
Medals British War Medal
Victory Medal

Pre War

Charles had married Rose Beggs in Perth during 1900. A daughter, Lillian May was born in Perth during 1901, and a second daughter Una Edith during 1905 in Fremantle. Rose died 16 Oct 1959 in Subiaco. Electoral Roll entries - 1903 - 1906 he and Rose are living in Waroona, a mill hand at Waroona No4 Mill; 1912- 1914 a faller at Nanga Brook; 1916 Ecclesbourne street, Cottesloe.

War Service

After three months training in Western Australia, Charles embarked for England. During the journey he spent from 6 - 22 Jan 1917 in the Ship's Hospital, but the nature of his illness is not in his records.

On his arrival he was sent to the 3rd Training Battalion in Dorrington, but eight days later he was admitted to the Parkhouse Hospital with mumps. On 13 Apr 1917 he returned to the 3rd Training Battalion until he departed for France from Folkestone on 14 May 1917. A fortnight later he was taken on strength by the 11th Battalion, one of 76 reinforcements that joined them on the day at Ribemont. His records suggest that he had a trouble free time until 13 Aug 1918 when he embarked for furlough in England, rejoining the battalion on 26 Mar 1918.

On 1 Feb 1919 he was appointed temporary driver until he embarked for England in Le Havre on 24 Apr 1919, disembarking next day at Southampton. Following processing he was sent home to Australia.

Discharged by the 5th Military District on 15 Aug 1919

Post War

Electoral Roll entries - 1922 a faller at Bush Landing, Jarrahdale; 1925 Nanga Brook Bush, faller, then moved to 77 Townsend road, Subiaco, still a faller; 1936 at No.2 Railway Mill Bush; 1937 - 1943 back at 77 Townsend road, Subiaco, timberworker; 1954 - 1958 retired at Townsend road.


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