Clarence Roland Gawn MEDHURST


MEDHURST, Clarence Roland Gawn

Service Number: 180
Enlisted: 24 November 1915, Warwick, Queensland
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 42nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Killarney, Queensland, Australia, 30 October 1897
Home Town: Killarney, Southern Downs, Queensland
Schooling: Mountain View State School, Queensland, Australia
Occupation: Saw-miller
Died: Meningitis, Tidworth, England, United Kingdom, 19 November 1916, aged 19 years
Cemetery: Durrington Cemetery, Wiltshire
Memorials: 42nd Infantry Battalion AIF Roll of Honour, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Killarney War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

24 Nov 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 180, 42nd Infantry Battalion, Warwick, Queensland
5 Jun 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 180, 42nd Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
5 Jun 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 180, 42nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Borda, Sydney

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

The summary below was completed by Cathy Sedgwick – Facebook “WW1 Australian War Graves in England/UK/Scotland/Ireland 

Died on this date – 19th November…… Private Clarence Roland Gawn Medhurst was born at Mountain View, Queensland in 1897. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) on 24th November, 1915 as an 18 year old, single, Sawmiller from South Killarney, Queensland.

Private Clarence Medhurst, after 14 weeks of service, was absent without leave from Camp from 6 a.m. 4th March – 6 a.m. 7th March, 1916 – a period of 3 days. He was punished with 7 days Confined to Barracks as well as 3 days’ pay forfeiture.

He was absent without leave again from Camp from 6 a.m. 17th April – 6 a.m. 27th April, 1916 – a period of 10 days & was punished with 7 days Confined to Barracks as well as 7 days’ pay forfeiture.

Private Clarence Medhurst embarked from Sydney, NSW on HMAT Borda (A30) on 5th June, 1916 & disembarked at Suez, Egypt.

He was admitted to Hospital on 10th July, 1916 at Tel el Kebir then transferred to Hospital at Abbassia. He was marched in & taken on strength at Moascar on 17th August, 1916.

On 24th August, 1916 Private Medhurst was charged with neglecting to obey an Order. He forfeited 1 days’ pay.

Private Medhurst embarked from Alexandria aboard Megantic on 27th August, 1916 for England. He was marched in to Training Depot at Larkhill, Wiltshire, England on 9th September, 1916.

He was sent to 11th Brigade Hospital on 1st November, 1916 then transferred to Isolation Hospital at Tidworth on 2nd November, 1916 & was reported dangerously ill with Meningitis on 3rd November, 1916.

Private Clarence Medhurst died on 19th November, 1916 at Isolation Hospital, Tidworth, Wiltshire from Cerebral Spinal Meningitis.

He was buried in Durrington Cemetery, Wiltshire, England where 140 other WW1 Australian War Graves are located.

(The above is a summary of my research. The full research can be found by following the link below)



"Our Killarney correspondent writes:— "The death of Private Clarence Medhurst, third son of Mr.and Mrs. R. R. Medhurst, of Spring Creek, Killarney, is reported. Deceased was only 19 years of age, and enlisted in the 42nd Battalion about 12 months ago. After training in Brisbane he was sent away last May to complete his training at Salisbury Plains, England. There he contracted illness with fatal results. Great sympathy is extended to the bereaved parents and family. Deceased by his quiet unassuming ways had made a large circle of friends, who were saddened on receiving the news." - from the Warwick Examiner and Times 09 Dec 1916 (