Charles Stephen (Charlie) HAUGHEY

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HAUGHEY, Charles Stephen

Service Number: 1659
Enlisted: 11 January 1916, Perth, Western Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 44th Infantry Battalion
Born: Warrigal, Victoria, Australia, 27 March 1892
Home Town: Victoria Park, Victoria Park, Western Australia
Schooling: Mundigong State School, Armadale School, Perth Technical College
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Died of wounds (accidental - tampered with an unexploded shell), France, 30 January 1917, aged 24 years
Cemetery: Trois Arbres Cemetery, Steenwerck, Nord Pas de Calais
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Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, East Victoria Park Memorial Wall, Midland Officers & Contract Surveyors of the Department of Lands & Surveys WA Honour Roll, Mundijong School Roll of Honour, Victoria Park St Joachim's Catholic Church Honour Board, Victoria Park War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

11 Jan 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1659, 44th Infantry Battalion, Perth, Western Australia
6 Jun 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1659, 44th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
6 Jun 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 1659, 44th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Suevic, Fremantle
30 Jan 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 1659, 44th Infantry Battalion, Accidental - Shell wound (right arm, back and abdomen)

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

Son of Daniel and Mary HAUGHEY, Garland Street, Victoria Park, Western Australia

"Victoria Park

There was many a sad heart on Monday last when the word was rang through that one of the most popular and most prominent young men of the parish in the person of Charles Stephen Haughey had given up his life in the field of battle, "Killed in action!" How those words, stark and unsoftened start out spectre-like on the cold black and white of the print. One year ago his old comrades were enjoying to the full the companionship and the light-hearted sallies of a sterling friend; yet to-day that merry voice is no longer heard — that care-free soul has winged its flight, and the earthly remains lie covered in a strange land. In the days when the Park C.Y.M.S., numbered fifty strong, Charlie was a power of strength, both in social and athletic circles. This hero always studiously avoided limelight, nevertheless he, was ever in the front when the old "red and black" was being borne victoriously along. His deeds on the running arena will always live. As a Hibernian he was one of the staunchest, and only resigned treasurership on his enlistment. As a true Catholic he was beyond reproach. Previous to his joining the colours he held a lucrative position in the Civil Service, and prior to his embarkation was the recipient of a send-off social by the numerous friends in the local hall. Few then thought it was the last good bye, but will ever cherish , that memorable occasion as a lasting remembrance of a genuine friend, and when the boys return his absence will cause many a heart pang. When young men of such calibre, such noble and lofty ideas, go under, it may truly be asked — "What does the future hold For the land of the golden fleece?" - from the Perth W.A. Record 17 Feb 1917 (nla.gov.au)

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