Oscar Albert CHENOWETH


CHENOWETH, Oscar Albert

Service Numbers: 2153, 2153A
Enlisted: 29 April 1916, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 50th Infantry Battalion
Born: Aldinga, South Australia, 30 November 1877
Home Town: Kangarilla, Onkaparinga, South Australia
Schooling: Sellick's Hill Public School
Occupation: Orchardist
Died: Killed in Action, Noreuil, France, 2 April 1917, aged 39 years
Cemetery: Noreuil Australian Cemetery
(Special Memorial C 18) Noreuil Australian Cemetery
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Willunga Cheer Up Society Pictorial Honour Board, Willunga War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

29 Apr 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2153, Adelaide, South Australia
12 Aug 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2153, 50th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
12 Aug 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2153, 50th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ballarat, Adelaide
2 Apr 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2153A, 50th Infantry Battalion, German Withdrawal to Hindenburg Line and Outpost Villages

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Biography contributed by Willunga High School

Born at Aldinga, South Australia on 30 November 1877 to Thomas James Chenoweth and Alma Elizabeth Chenoweth (nee Jacobs). He was the first child in the union with his parents going on to have another 13 children - 7 girls, and 6 boys.

He was educated at Sellick's Hill Public School. Prior to enlistment his occupation was as an Orchardist near Kangarilla in South Australia.   

Oscar Albert Chenoweth married Augusta Mary Chenoweth (nee Williams) on 24 July 1913 in Rosefield Methodist Church, South Australia.

Oscar Chenoweth enlisted on 29 April 1916 and embarked at Outer Harbourer on HMAT Ballarat (A70) on 12 August 1916 with the 4th Reinforcements of the 50th Battalion. The Reinforcements disembarked on 30 September 1916 at Devonport in England and were taken on strength by the 13th Training Battalion at Codford. He finished his training in the Salisbury Plains, England, and proceeded to France on 4 December 1916 on SS Princess Victoria via Folkestone.

Caught with illness on 26 December 1916 he was hospitalised with mumps until 15 January 1917. He was taken on strength by the 50th Battalion on 28 January 1917 in the field, however, on 4 February 1917 he was hospitalised again with synovitis in the knee. Private Oscar Albert Chenoweth only joined the 50th Battalion on the Western Front near Buire again on 2 March 1917.

On 2 April 1917 the 50th Battalion attacked the outpost village of Noreuil. During the engagement he was killed in action. Originally buried in Noreuil Australian Cemetery he grave maker was destroyed by shell fire and consequently he has a Special Memorial within the cemetery. He was 39 years old. This paents also erected a special memorial to him at their grave site in Willunga. 

British War Medal: 44886

Victory Medal: 44376

Memorial Plaque: 316858