Charles William Millar WHYTE


WHYTE, Charles William Millar

Service Number: Officer
Enlisted: 14 December 1915
Last Rank: Second Lieutenant
Last Unit: Mining Corps
Born: Melbourne, Vic., 28 February 1888
Home Town: Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria
Schooling: Haileybury College, Melbourne University, Ballarat School of Mines
Occupation: Mining Engineer
Died: Died of wounds, France, 22 July 1916, aged 28 years
Cemetery: Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord
II F 56
Memorials: Broken Hill War Memorial, Haileybury College HB
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World War 1 Service

14 Dec 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, SN Officer, Mining Corps
20 Feb 1916: Involvement Mining Corps
20 Feb 1916: Involvement Mining Corps
20 Feb 1916: Embarked Mining Corps, HMAT Ulysses, Sydney
20 Feb 1916: Embarked Mining Corps, HMAT Ulysses, Sydney

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of William and Jean Whyte; husband of Mary T. Whyte, of Knight's Rd., Lower Hutt, New Zealand.

Charles enlisted in the Mining Corps under Professor David.  He was made Lieutenant and proceeded directly to France.  H saw practically no active service as he was killed in Amrentieres soon after reaching France.  A big shell burst at a great distance, but a flying spinter struck him on the head, causing instant death.  He passed Matriculation in 1899, and was noted as a hard worker.  He was a member of three champion cricket teams - 1898, 1899 and 1900.  He was perhaps the best football ruckman the school has ever produced, and for dogged pluck he could not be beaten.  His work and his play both bore the same stamp.  He was a mining engineer, and had had experience in both Broken Hill and Mexico.