Charles Arthur CHICK

CHICK, Charles Arthur

Service Number: 198
Enlisted: 23 February 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 19th Infantry Battalion
Born: Beechworth, Victoria, Australia, 1889
Home Town: Wangaratta, Wangaratta, Victoria
Schooling: State School, Victoria, Australia.
Occupation: Miller
Died: Killed in Action, France, 3 May 1917
Cemetery: Queant Road Cemetery, Buissy
Queant Road Cemetery, Buissy, Nord Pas de Calais, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Beechworth War Memorial, Oxley War Memorial, South Wangaratta School and District HB1, Wangaratta South War Memorial, Wangaratta Uniting Church Memorial Window, Wangaratta War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

23 Feb 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 198, 19th Infantry Battalion
25 Jun 1915: Involvement Private, 198, 19th Infantry Battalion
25 Jun 1915: Embarked Private, 198, 19th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ceramic, Melbourne

Local Newspaper article

Charles Arthur Chick was the son of Charles and Martha Chick

"Wangaratta Chronicle" (Vic. : 1914 - 1918) Wed 30 May 1917 PrevissueNext issue Page 3
The sad news was received on Monday afternoon that Pte. Arthur Chick, eldest sot of Mr., and Mrs Charles Chick, of South Wangaratta, was killed in action on May 3rd.
The news was conveyed to the bereaved parents by Rev, D. J. Flockart, shortly after returning from the funeral of Mr. S. Chick, senr. grandfather of Ptc.Chick.
The young hero, had he lived till May 20, would have ben 28 years of age he enlisted at Holbrook,N.S.W, where he was employed at Teague Bros. Flour mills, and left in January, 1915, he arrived at Gallipoli about three weeks after the Anzacs had made their world renowned
and glorious landing,
He participated in several battles while there.
He was absent only a short time through illness, he then remained. at Gallipoli till the, evacuation, and, afterwards went with his battalion, the 19th, 5th infantry Brigade to France.
He has therefore taken part in many of the fierce battles that have won for Australia soldiers undying fame, It is on such noble, patriotic, and courageous men that the safety of the Empire depends.
At the South Wangaratta School on Tuesday the flag was flown at half-mast out of respect to the late. Pte, Chick, who was a former pupil, and who had received his education there.
The children were assembled around the flag, and. Mr. Powell expressed the regret all would feel at the loss, of another pupil who had given his life-in their defence,
What more could one give than his life for - the safety of others.
It showed a spirit of unselfishness and love.
A spirit that we would like. to see thousands of others show. Mr. Powell referred to their fallen hero as one who always did his duty at
school; would always he trusted, and was lilked by all his school mates.
He had lelt a name that would never die.
His name would appear on the Roll of Honor, and would. be handed down for generations, as one who had done his part in keeping. Australia
free from annexation by a brutal nation.
His memory would be kept green while that of others who had taken no part in this terrible war, had faded away and been completely forgotten. The whole district extends its sympathy to the sorrowful and bereaved family.
The late Pte. Chick was a brother of Driver Hilton Chick, of the Motor Transport Service, who is still on service in France, while Miss Ethel Chick and Mr. George Chick are sister and brother of his.

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