Service Number: 4446
Enlisted: 27 August 1915
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 3rd Infantry Battalion
Born: Coatbridge, Lanarkshire, Scotland, 1874
Home Town: Lambton, Newcastle, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Plumber
Died: To Be Determined, Woodville Red Cross Home, Randwick, NSW, 25 March 1919
Cemetery: Sandgate General Cemetery, Newcastle, NSW
Portion: General; Section 35; Lot 43
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Sawyers Gully Memorial Gates
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World War 1 Service

27 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 4446
15 Jan 1916: Involvement Private, SN 4446, 3rd Infantry Battalion
15 Jan 1916: Embarked Private, SN 4446, 3rd Infantry Battalion, RMS Osterley, Sydney
4 May 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 3rd Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Julianne Ryan

Father William Chalmers (d. 12/02/1932) and Mother Ann Chalmers (d. 09/12/1922).

1894 married:  Rachel Chalmers (nee Hardy, d. 18/02/1941)
          they lived at Hobart Road, New Lambton, NSW

Previous service:
15 years Scottish Rifles

Described on enlisting as 37 years 1 month of age; married; 5' 5.5" tall; 121 lbs;
fair complexion; blue eyes; brown hair; Presbyterian; tattoos both arms

24/08/1915  enlisted in Newcastle, NSW

15/01/1916  embarked Sydney, NSW onboard RMS Osterley
                   as a Private with 3rd Battalion, 14th Reinforcement

15/01/1916  embarked as an Acting Corporal

29/03/1916  embarked onboard HT Transylvania to join British Expeditionary Forces,
                   ex Alexandria
04/04/1916  disembarked into Marseilles, France

04/05/1916  reverts to Lance Corporal

08/06/1916  taken on strengh of 3rd Infantry Battalion

04/12/1916  on Command at 1st Ausralian Division Wood Cutters

01/05/1917  accidental scold of right foot - admitted to hospital, France
29/05/1917  rejoined unit, France

14/08/1917  granted furlo (leave) to UK
26/08/1917  returned from leave to France

22/10/1917  sick with Pleurisy - admitted to 17th Casualty Clearing Station, Wimereux

05/11/1917  sick with gastritis
                   embarked to England onboard HT Princess Elizabeth
06/11/1917  admitted to 2/1st Southern General Hospital

13/03/1918  embarked to Australia onboard Dunvegan Castle - sick with Gastritis

24/05/1918  returned to Australia onboard HT Tofia - List D, left Capetown
14/06/1918  disembarked into Australia

20/11/1918  still with AIF in Australia

30/11/1918  discharged from service

25/03/1919  Lance Corporal Chalmers died from complications in an operation
                   from an illness received in service, at the Newcastle Hospital

26/03/1919  Buried in:
                   Sandgate General Cemetery, Sandgate (Newcastle), NSW
                   Portion: General; Section 35; Lot 43

The Newcastle Sun:
The Union Jack was flown from the flagstaff in the park in respect for one who had done his part for the Empire, and the Mayor attended the funeral to represent the council and citizens. Several returned soldiers also attended.
Lance-Corporal Chalmers was a great enthusiast and an exponent of the bagpipes, and was widely known through the district in that capacity. He returned from service some months ago.

His name is commemorated on:
- Panel 35 at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, ACT
- New Lambton War Memorial Gates
- Lambton / New Lambton Municipal District Roll of Honor

Medals:   British War medal (30078) and Victory medal (29896)

Submitted by Julianne T Ryan.  22/03/2017.  Lest we forget.