Charles William DELLEY

DELLEY, Charles William

Service Number: 4114
Enlisted: 20 September 1915, Enlisted at Brisbane
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 25th Infantry Battalion
Born: Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia, 2 January 1896
Home Town: Brisbane, Brisbane, Queensland
Schooling: Bundaberg South State School and Mount Perry State School, Queensland, Australia
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Meningitis, Lucknow Isolation Hospital, England, United Kingdom, 28 February 1917, aged 21 years
Cemetery: Tidworth Military Cemetery, England
Row C, Grave 303,
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Biggenden Honour Roll, Biggenden Residents of Degilbo Shire War Memorial, Bundaberg War Memorial, Dallarnil District WW1 Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

20 Sep 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 4114, 25th Infantry Battalion, Enlisted at Brisbane
28 Mar 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 4114, 25th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '15' embarkation_place: Brisbane embarkation_ship: HMAT Commonwealth embarkation_ship_number: A73 public_note: ''
28 Mar 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 4114, 25th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Commonwealth, Brisbane

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Biography contributed by Carol Foster

Son of Louis and Mary Ann Delley of Dallamil, Queensland; brother of 5575 Pte. Joseph Louis Delley (/explore/people/155365) who died of disease on 11 November 1918 having served with the 26th Battalion

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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 – 28th February…… Charles William Delley was born at Bundaberg, Queensland on 2nd January, 1898.

He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) on 20th September, 1915 stating he was a 19 year old (actual age was 17), single, Farmer from Brisbane, Queensland. Charles Delley stated on his Attestation Papers that he had previously been rejected as unfit for His Majesty’s Service due to “weakness in groin.”

Private Charles William Delley, Service number 4114, embarked from Brisbane, Queensland on HMAT Commonwealth (A73) on 28th March, 1916 with the 7th Infantry Brigade, 25th Infantry Battalion, 10th Reinforcements.

On 6th May, 1916 Private Delley was admitted to Hospital at Suez with Mumps.

He embarked for overseas from Alexandria on Tunisian on 30th May, 1916 & disembarked at Marseilles, France on 5th June, 1916.

Private Delley was sent to Hospital from Divisional Base in France on 1st July, 1916. He was admitted to 26th General Hospital on 1st July, 1916 with swollen Testicles then transferred to Hospital Ship Brighton for England on 2nd July, 1916 with “Tumour Testicles”.

On 2nd July, 1916 Private Delley was admitted to Quarry Hill V.A.D. Hospital, Tunbridge, England.

He was transferred from Fort Pitt Hospital Chatham, England to No. 1 Auxiliary Hospital on 11th July, 1916. He was transferred to No. 1 Command Depot at Perham Downs, Wiltshire, England on 25th July, 1916 & medically classified A – fit for active service. Private Delley was transferred to 7th Training Battalion, Rolleston, Wiltshire on 15th August, 1916 from No. 1 Command Depot.

Private Delley was admitted to Fargo Military Hospital, Wiltshire, England on 16th August, 1916 with Hydrocele.

He was A.W.L. (Absent without Leave), while posted at 7th Training Battalion, Rollestone, Wiltshire, England - from 24.00 hrs on 6th December, 1916 till reporting at 18.00 hrs on 19th December, 1916. He was awarded 13 days confined to Camp & a total forfeiture of 33 days’ pay.

On 8th February, 1917 Private Delley was written up for an Offence at Shrewton, Wiltshire – “1. Neglecting to obey a lawful command given by his superior Officer 2. Resisting an escort whose duty it was to apprehend him 3. Making an improper remark to his superior officer.” Private Delley was awarded 7 days confined to Camp & forfeited 10 days’ pay.

Private Charles William Delley was sent sick then admitted to Fargo Hospital, Wiltshire, England on 15th February, 1917 – cause N.Y.D. (Not yet determined) (Note: one entry on the Casualty Form – Active Service recorded he was sent “sick to Fargo Hosp: (Orchitis & Double Hernia)” while the next line recorded admitted “Mil Hosp: Fargo Acute Rheumatism. Ser. Ill.”). He was transferred to Military Hospital, Tidworth, Wiltshire, England on 25th February, 1917 with a case of suspected C.S.M. (Cerebro Spinal Meningitis). (Note: Date of 25th February, 1917 as per Casualty Form – Active Service, however the Hospital Admissions form recorded he was admitted on 27th February, 1917)

Base Records advised Mr L. Delley, Tower, via Maryborough, Queensland, father of Private Delley, that Private Charles Delley had been admitted to Hospital on 18th February with Acute Rheumatism – severe.

Private Charles William Delley died on 28th February, 1917 at Lucknow Isolation Hospital, Tidworth, Wiltshire, England from Cerebro Spinal Meningitis. (Morning State of Sick form recorded cause of death as Cerebro Spinal Fever).

He was buried in Tidworth Military Cemetery, Wiltshire, England where 172 other WW1 Australian Soldiers are located.

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