Harold Hamilton Charlton (Bluey) OATES

OATES, Harold Hamilton Charlton

Service Number: 3254
Enlisted: 28 February 1917, Stated age 18 years, 5 months, actual age 16 years, 5 months!
Last Rank: Signaller
Last Unit: 7th Light Horse Regiment
Born: Hamilton, New South Wales, Australia, 22 September 1900
Home Town: Hamilton, Newcastle, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Fitter
Died: Hamilton, New South Wales, Australia, 13 February 1966, aged 65 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Sandgate General Cemetery, Newcastle, NSW
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Memorials: Hamilton St. Peter's Church Honor Roll, Hamilton Superior Public School Roll of Honour, Wickham Honey Suckle Point (H.S.P.) Loco Railway Workshops Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

28 Feb 1917: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 3254, 7th Light Horse Regiment, Stated age 18 years, 5 months, actual age 16 years, 5 months!
10 May 1917: Involvement Private, SN 3254, 7th Light Horse Regiment
10 May 1917: Embarked Private, SN 3254, 7th Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Boorara, Melbourne
27 Feb 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Signaller, SN 3254, 7th Light Horse Regiment
26 May 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Signaller, SN 3254, 7th Light Horse Regiment, Sickness and found out for being under age.

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From Gary Mitchell, Sandgate Cemetery
 
Served during The Great War, resting at Sandgate Cemetery.

56 years ago today, on the 16th February 1966, Signaller Harold Hamilton Charlton Oates, 7th Australian Light Horse Regiment (Reg No-3254), also known as Bluey, fitter (Honeysuckle Point Railway Workshops), from Elcho Street, Hamilton, New South Wales, was laid to rest at Sandgate Cemetery, age 65 (not 64). GENERAL-24. 58.

Born at Hamilton, New South Wales on the 22nd September 1900 to George and Mary Ann Oates; husband of Alma M Oates nee Beresford (married 1925, Uralla, N.S.W., died?), Bluey enlisted February 1917 at Newcastle, N.S.W. (stated age 18 years, 5 months, actual age 16 years, 5 months!)

Admitted to hospital 8.9.1917 (tonsilitis), 8.6.1918 (pleurisy), 19.8.1918 (pyrexia - the medical term for fever).

Bluey was invalided home April 1919, being discharged medically unfit (boils, malaria, underage) on the 26th May 1919.

Mr. Oates’s name has been inscribed on the Hamilton (Gregson Park) War Memorial, Hamilton Municipal District Roll of Honor, Hamilton Superior Public School Roll of Honor, Hamilton St. Peter's Anglican Church Honor Roll (photo, unveiled on the 23rd December 1917, 125 names originally inscribed, 179 names now inscribed, 31 Fallen), Merewether Public School Roll of Honor, Honeysuckle Point Railway Workshops Roll of Honour and The Capt. Clarence Smith Jeffries (V.C.) and Pte. William Matthew Currey (V.C.) Memorial Wall.

I have placed poppies at Bluey’s gravesite in remembrance of his service and sacrifice for God, King & Country.

Also served WW2 (NX66757-Sergeant, Army Service Corps).

Contact with descendants would be greatly appreciated.

Lest We Forget.

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