Badge Number: S21183, Sub Branch: Brighton

CHARLESWORTH, William Clough

Service Number: 6396
Enlisted: 1 September 1915, at Adelaide
Last Rank: Sapper
Last Unit: 3rd Field Company Engineers
Born: Manchester, England, May 1876
Home Town: Glanville, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Carpenter
Died: 18 April 1957, cause of death not yet discovered, place of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Brighton (St Jude) Cemetery, South Australia
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World War 1 Service

1 Sep 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Sapper, SN 6396, 3rd Field Company Engineers, at Adelaide
20 Mar 1916: Involvement Sapper, SN 6396, 3rd Field Company Engineers
20 Mar 1916: Embarked Sapper, SN 6396, 3rd Field Company Engineers, HMAT Armadale, Sydney
11 Nov 1918: Involvement Sapper, SN 6396

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Biography contributed by Modbury High School

William Clough Charlesworth was one of the many men to serve in World War 1. He submitted his enrolement form to join the World War on the 1st of October 1915,  a full year after the war had begun. William Charlesworth was born in Manchester England which is east of Liverpool. He was married to a woman named Mary Jane Charlesworth. He was born in approximately May 1876 and at the time of his application into the war he was 39 years old and 5 months old and worked as a carpenter prior to joining into the war.

He is described in his medical examination as a 5 foot 5  caucasian male who weighs 144lbs (65kg), he has blue eyes and brown hair.

In World War 1 he served on the 20th March 1916 in the 3rd field company engineers, this was a brigade to help each division in many different tasks which were divided into many different sectors involved with the maintanance, mapping and positioning of the enemies and other small helping tasks such as construction. He arrived in France in June 1916 and served throughout the rest of the war without being wounded. he did, however, become ill with influenza in December 1917. Charlesworth returned to Australia in 1919 and was discharged from the AIF in October 1919. He died on 18 April 1957.