Charles Henry BAYLIS

BAYLIS, Charles Henry

Service Number: 3004
Enlisted: 16 June 1915, Adelaide South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 10th Infantry Battalion
Born: Aldinga, South Australia, 15 July 1888
Home Town: Campbelltown, Campbelltown, South Australia
Schooling: Saint Peters College, Adelaide, South Australia
Occupation: Warehouseman
Died: Illness (Meningitis), 3rd Australian General Hospital, Mudros, Greece , 24 November 1915, aged 27 years
Cemetery: Portianos Military Cemetery
V A 77,
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Campbelltown WW1 Memorial, Hackney St Peter's College Fallen Honour Board
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World War 1 Service

16 Jun 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 3004, 10th Infantry Battalion, Adelaide South Australia
14 Sep 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 3004, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ballarat, Adelaide

Charles Henry Baylis

Charles Henry Baylis Reg. No. 3004 was the son of Alfred Henry Baylis and Emma, nee Ellis. He was born in Aldinga, South Australia on 15th July 1888. His occupation was stated as Warehouseman prior to enlisting. He was educated at St. Peters School. He enlisted in the 10th Infantry Battalion, in the 10th reinforcement, on the 1st of June 1915; he was a month short of his 27th birthday. They sailed from Adelaide on HMAT Ballarat A70 on the 14th September 1915. Not long after arrival in Gallipoli, he was taken ill. He was diagnosed with Meningitis, and sent to the 3rd Australian General Hospital in Mudros, Greece. He died at Mudros on the 24th November 1915, aged 27 years. After the burial ceremony carried out by Army Chaplain Rev. R N Whitaker he was interred in the Portianos Cemetery, Mudros West, Plot 5 Row A grave 77. On December 1st 1919 Charles’s father died. He died in his home at Fourth Avenue St. Peters. In the death notice no siblings were mentioned, only his mother, so perhaps he was an only child. One year after peace was declared Emma Baylis appears to be alone, her son died fighting for his country, and her husband too has gone to his grave with a broken heart. baylis baylis
The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931) Tuesday 2 December 1919 p 6

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Charles Henry Baylis. He was born in Aldinga, South Australia, on the 15th of July, 1888. He lived in Campbelltown, South Australia along with his mother, Emma and his father, Mr. Alfred Henry Baylis. Charles attended St Peter's Collegiate School, South Australia for his education and after he graduated, his occupation consisted of a warehouseman. He was also a follower in the religion of the Church of England. Charles was five feet tall and weighed 147 pounds. His eyes were grey and his hair was brown. His chest measured 36 inches and his complexion was considered pale.

He enlisted on the 16th of June, 1915 at Keswick. At the time he was twenty-six years and eleven months of age, single with no children. His next of kin was his mother. He was sent to Mitcham Camp and here he joined the 10th battalion, the 10th quota reinforcements. On 14th September, 1915, he embarked from Adelaide, South Australia by ship to Ballarat, prepared to fight in Egypt, Gallipoli. 

Sadly ‘Harry’ Baylis did not catch up with his old friends from the St Peter's College because  shortly  after reaching Lemnos he became seriously ill and on 6 November was admitted to 3rd Australian General Hospital, Mudros with meningitis but there his condition deteriorated rapidly and he died on 24 November; he was 27 years of age.  

Charles had many friends who were old scholars from St Peters College. They were sad to hear the news of the death of their friend as they were looking forward to seeing him again. They had not seen him since the war had begun. Charles’ family heard the news of his death by receiving a letter. His belongings were returned to his family on the 27th of March, 1916. They were transported by the General Headquarters, 3rd echelon, M.E.F. (Marine Expeditionary Force), Australian Records Section. His baggage contained a purse including 2 coins, a comb, 2 hair brushes, a wristlet watch and two comforters.

Charles Henry Baylis is now a part of the Adelaide National War Memorial, Campbelltown. Here, he is remembered for his loss of fighting in World War 1 as a soldier.