Charles Crispin (Mr Bot) BOTTOMLEY

BOTTOMLEY, Charles Crispin

Service Number: 6708
Enlisted: 29 May 1916, Sydney, New South Wales
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 37th Infantry Battalion
Born: Bradford, England, 11 February 1874
Home Town: Darlinghurst, City of Sydney, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Printer
Died: Natural causes, New South Wales, Australia, 13 May 1963, aged 89 years
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Ballarat Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial, Sydney Morning Herald and Sydney Mail Record of War Service
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World War 1 Service

29 May 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 6708, Sydney, New South Wales
17 Nov 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 6708, 7th Infantry Battalion, SS Port Napier, Sydney
17 Nov 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 6708, 7th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '9' embarkation_place: Sydney embarkation_ship: SS Port Napier embarkation_ship_number: '' public_note: ''
1 Sep 1917: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 37th Infantry Battalion
29 Aug 1918: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, 6708, 37th Infantry Battalion, "The Last Hundred Days"
29 Aug 1918: Imprisoned Captured wounded at Clery Wood, France
24 Jun 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, 6708, 37th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Charles Crispin Bottomely was born at Bradford, Yorkwhire, in 1874, and arrived in New Zelaand with his parents four years later.  After having served his time as a compositor on the Christchurch "Press", he went to South Africa, and afterwards to South America, working at his trade in both countries, and came subsequently to Australian joining the reading staff of the Sydney Morning Herald in October, 1915.

After being twice rejected he was accepted for service in the following year, enlisting as a Private in the 7th Battalion.  Upon arrival in England he was transferred to the 67th Battalion, and went with that unit to France, and was engaged in several important actions.   After the Messines battle he was transferred to the 37th Battalion, with which he remained. He was in the fight a Passchendaele and at Proyart, and was severely wounded at Clery Wood, on the Somme, on August 29, 197, and captured by the Germans.   After three weeks in Munster camp he was detailed for farm work at Tychow and Rarfin, on the borders of Poland and Russia, and kenw nothing about the signing of the Amristice till his lieberation on December28, 1918.  Three days later he was sent back to England by way of Sweden.