Cecil Charles MITCHAM

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MITCHAM, Cecil Charles

Service Number: 607
Enlisted: 4 March 1916, Prahan, Victoria
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 38th Infantry Battalion
Born: Grays, Essex, England, 1892
Home Town: Bendigo, Greater Bendigo, Victoria
Schooling: Not known
Occupation: Orchard Hand
Died: Died of wounds, France, 1 December 1917
Cemetery: Mont Huon Military Cemetery, le Treport
Grave No. V. D. 9B. INSCRIPTION THE LORD GAVE & THE LORD HATH TAKEN AWAY BLESSED BE THE NAME OF THE LORD
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

4 Mar 1916: Enlisted Australian Army (Post WW2), Private, SN 607, 38th Infantry Battalion, Prahan, Victoria
20 Jun 1916: Involvement Private, SN 607, 38th Infantry Battalion
20 Jun 1916: Embarked Private, SN 607, 38th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Runic, Melbourne

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Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

He is commemorated on the Little Thurrock War Memorial and on the Grays War Memorial.

He was 25 and the son of Charles Henry and Minna Mitcham, of "Danehurst," Palmer's Avenue, Grays, Essex. They chose the following inscription for his war grave.

THE LORD GAVE & THE LORD HATH TAKEN AWAY BLESSED BE THE NAME OF THE LORD

He had lived in Australia for four years working as a farmer before he enlisted in a signal section.

He had been wounded in February and again in March 1917 and recovered.

He had been shot in the spine 4th October 1917 and his parents travelled over to France to visit him in hospital on 26th November. and was first treated at an American hospital in France-his brother who was with the Royal Engineers was at the same time in a Mitcham, Surrey Hospital.

Their father Charles Mitcham had at one time been resident of High Street, Grays.

He is commemorated on the Little Thurrock War Memorial and on the Grays War Memorial.

The memorial stands at the north end of Grays High Street; the names of the borough’s Great War dead are inscribed on the east and west panels, while the south-facing panel is inscribed with four lines from the poem, "Bivouac of the Dead" written by Danville, Kentucky native, Theodore O'Hara to honour his fellow soldiers from Kentucky who died in the Mexican-American War. The poem increased its popularity after the Civil War, and its verses have been featured on many memorials to fallen soldiers throughout the world,

On Fame's eternal camping-ground
Their silent tents are spread,
And Glory guards, with solemn round,
The bivouac of the dead.

Locally born casualties who fell whilst serving with Australian forces in the Great War who are commemorated on the Grays War Memorial are:

Henry C. Aslett

Frank [Francis] Walter Facer

William Mears

Bertram Neal

Josiah Needham Smith

Albert Stephenson

William George King

It has to be assumed that the following locally born Australian casualties didn’t make it to any of the borough’s war memorials, simply because there were no living relatives still around in the area when the lists were created.

 George Seth Clayton

Charles Culley

Jesse Humphrey

John Musgrove

Richard Turnbull

C. Webb

 

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Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

Birth registration Orsett included Grays then]

Births Sep 1892   Mitcham Cecil Charles Orsett 4a 445