Charles Teesdale MAIN


MAIN, Charles Teesdale

Service Number: 12637
Enlisted: 26 April 1915, Keswick, South Australia
Last Rank: Second Lieutenant
Last Unit: 35th Infantry Battalion
Born: North Adelaide, South Australia, 8 November 1886
Home Town: North Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Chemist
Died: Killed in Action, Passchendaele, Belgium, 12 October 1917, aged 30 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Adelaide North Adelaide Cycling Club Roll of Honor, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Menin Gate Memorial (Commonwealth Memorial to the Missing of the Ypres Salient), North Adelaide Christ Church Roll of Honour, North Adelaide Christ Church Honour Board, North Adelaide Queens School Honour Board
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World War 1 Service

26 Apr 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 12637, Keswick, South Australia
31 May 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Staff Sergeant, SN 12637, 11th Field Ambulance, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
31 May 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Staff Sergeant, SN 12637, 11th Field Ambulance, HMAT Suevic, Adelaide
12 Oct 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 35th Infantry Battalion, 1st Passchendaele

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Charles Teesdale MAIN was born on 8th November, 1886 at North Adelaide, South Australia

His parents were William James MAIN and Rachel TEESDALE

He had previous service of 2 years with the CMF before he enlisted on 26th April, 1915 with the Australian Army - he was with the 11th Field Ambulance - Unit embarked from Adelaide on board HMAT Suevic on 31st May, 1916

Charles was Killed in Action 0n 12th October, 1917 when he was hit by a shell when he was on the line of assembly near the cemetery , in front of Passchendaele, North East of Ypres.  He was buried by this Battalion (33rd) where he fell.  Half of his platoon were casualties at the same time - his grave was subsequently lost & he is honoured on the Ypres ( Menin Gate) Memorial and the Australian War Memorial (


Observer, Adelaide, 10th November, 1917

Mrs. W. J. Main of North Adelaide has received news of the death of her eldest son, Lieutenant Charles Teesdale Main.  The deceased soldier enlisted in the 11th Field Ambulance in 1915 and on arrival in England was sent to Salisbury Plain.  He was subsequently transferred to France as a Sergeant Compounder, later he took an examination at Cambridge and was awarded a commission, and then returned to France where he was killed on October 12,  His brother F.W. Main of the artillery was recently wounded in France.