John Baden Powell (Chris) CHRISTOPHERSON

CHRISTOPHERSON, John Baden Powell

Service Number: 3169
Enlisted: 7 March 1917, John stated his age to be 18 years and 9 months, actual age 16 years 9 months.
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 36th Infantry Battalion
Born: Cooks Hill, New South Wales, Australia, 18 May 1900
Home Town: Cooks Hill, Newcastle West, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Carter
Died: Hamilton, New South Wales, Australia, 31 March 1953, aged 52 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Sandgate General Cemetery, Newcastle, NSW
ANGLICAN 3-189. 12.
Memorials: Cook's Hill Superior Public School , St Mary's Marist Bros' School Newcastle HR
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World War 1 Service

7 Mar 1917: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 3169, 36th Infantry Battalion, John stated his age to be 18 years and 9 months, actual age 16 years 9 months.
10 May 1917: Involvement Private, SN 3169, 36th Infantry Battalion
10 May 1917: Embarked Private, SN 3169, 36th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Benalla, Sydney
23 Mar 1918: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, SN 3169, 36th Infantry Battalion, Underage.

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Biography contributed by Robert Kearney

Enlisted and served as Baden Christopher

Name: John Baden Powell Christopherson
Birth Date: 1900
Birth Place: Newcastle, Newcastle City, New South Wales, Australia
Death Date: 31 Mar 1953
Death Place: Hamilton, Newcastle City, New South Wales, Australia
Cemetery: Sandgate Cemetery
Burial or Cremation Place: Newcastle, Newcastle City, New South Wales, Australia
Father: Richard Christopherson
Mother: Mary Agnes Christopherson
Spouse: Margaret Christopherson
URL:https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/178662124/john-baden_powell-christopherson

 

 

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From Gary Mitchell, Sandgate Cemetery
 
Another Forgotten Digger of The Great War resting peacefully but anonymously at Sandgate Cemetery.

68 years ago today, on the Thursday afternoon of the 2nd April 1953, Private John Baden Powell (also known as Chris) Christopherson, 36th Battalion (Reg No-3169), carter from 73 Charles Street, Cooks Hill, New South Wales and 20 Reay Street, Hamilton, N.S.W., was laid to rest at Sandgate Cemetery, age 53. ANGLICAN 3-189. 12.

Born at Cooks Hill, New South Wales on the 18th May 1900 to Richard and Mary Christopherson nee Martin; husband of Margaret Christopherson nee Blakey (married 1922, Newcastle, N.S.W., died 1990, also sleeping here), John enlisted March 1917 at Newcastle, N.S.W.

John stated his age to be 18 years and 9 months, actual age 16 years 9 months.

Admitted to hospital at sea on the 11.5.1917 (gastritis), 17.11.1917 (influenza), John returned home on the 21st March 1918, being discharged for being underage on the 22nd March 1918. 

Mr Christopherson’s name has been inscribed on the Cooks Hill Superior Public School Roll of Honour and the St. Mary's-Marist Bros' School (Newcastle) Honour Roll (photos, unveiled on the 9th March 1919, 160 names inscribed, on display at St Francis Xavier's College, Hamilton, N.S.W.).

I located Chris resting in an unmarked grave, forgotten, so October 2015 I placed a cross on the gravesite, taken a photo of the grave and uploaded the photo onto the Northern Cemetery website as a permanent record of his service.

I will be submitting an application to DVA asking for a Commonwealth War Graves Plaque, curbing and marble chip to restore honour and dignity to Chris.
Older brother Francis Claude (Reg No-549 and 59015, Royal Australian Naval Bridging Train and 17th Battalion, born 1898, died 1957) also resting at the cemetery in a marked grave. METHODIST 4-15. 29.

Lest We Forget.

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