Charles Edward GROVES

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GROVES, Charles Edward

Service Number: 3814
Enlisted: 14 December 1915, Place of enlistment - Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 2nd Tunnelling Company (inc. 5th Tunnelling Company)
Born: Jolimont, Melbourne Victoria, date not yet discovered
Home Town: Heidelberg, Banyule, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Mining Engineer
Died: Valvular disease of the heart and Nephritis following trench fever and gassing, Burried at sea, Latitude 0' 51" N Longitude 84' 37" E, 1 June 1919, age not yet discovered
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

14 Dec 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, SN 3814, Place of enlistment - Melbourne, Victoria
1 Mar 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Corporal
1 Apr 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Sergeant
25 May 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 3814, Embarked on HMAT 'A69' Warilda from Melbourne on 25th May 1916, disembarking Plymouth, England on 18th July 1916.
28 Aug 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 3814, Proceeded to France
29 Sep 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Sergeant, 2nd Tunnelling Company (inc. 5th Tunnelling Company)
12 Mar 1918: Wounded AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 3814, 2nd Tunnelling Company (inc. 5th Tunnelling Company), Wounded in action, severely gassed. Treated at a Casualty Clearing Station, transferred to ATI then evacuated to Lewisham Military Hospital. On 17th July 1918 transferred to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital at Dartford and discharged to No. 3 Command at Dartford then Overseas Training Brigade before proceeding to France and rejoining unit on 28th September 1918.
10 Dec 1918: Embarked AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 3814, 2nd Tunnelling Company (inc. 5th Tunnelling Company), Returned to England from France, disembarking Southampton and proceeded to Weymouth. Granted leave without pay from 18th January 1919 to 24th March 1919 for business purposes, the pursuit of outstanding wages from a mining company in the Belgian Congo. Address was Shaftsbury Hotel London.
2 Apr 1919: Wounded AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 3814, 2nd Tunnelling Company (inc. 5th Tunnelling Company), Admitted to 1st Australian General Hospital at Sutton Veny dangerously ill. Was discharged on 22nd April 1919.
3 May 1919: Embarked AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 3814, 2nd Tunnelling Company (inc. 5th Tunnelling Company), Commenced return to Australia on HMT Leicestershire on 3rd May 1919. Sergeant GROVES was admitted to the ship's hospital on 6th May 1919 and passed away at 6:00am on the 1st June 1919 from Valvular disease of the heart and Nephritis following trench fever and gassing . Sergeant GROVES was buried at sea at 0' 51" N 84' 37" E, south of Ceylon (now Sri Lanka)
1 Jun 1919: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 3814, 2nd Tunnelling Company (inc. 5th Tunnelling Company)

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Biography contributed by Daryl Jones

Son of Mrs Fanny Nina GROVES, 'Aniwa', Cape Street, Heidelberg, Victoria