Oscar Mackechnie CHILVERS


CHILVERS, Oscar Mackechnie

Service Number: 762
Enlisted: 10 September 1914, Blackboy Hill, Western Australia
Last Rank: Second Lieutenant
Last Unit: 51st Infantry Battalion
Born: Clifton Hill, Victoria, 10 May 1891
Home Town: Meckering, Cunderdin, Western Australia
Schooling: Scotch College
Occupation: Bank Clerk
Died: Killed in Action, France, 15 August 1916, aged 25 years
Cemetery: Courcelette British Cemetery
Plot V111, Row F, Grave 10
Memorials: Heidelberg War Memorial, Meckering War Memorial, Northam Fallen
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World War 1 Service

10 Sep 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Blackboy Hill, Western Australia
2 Nov 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Sergeant, SN 762, 11th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
2 Nov 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Lance Sergeant, SN 762, 11th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ascanius, Fremantle
25 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Staff Sergeant (CQMS), SN 762, 11th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
15 Aug 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 51st Infantry Battalion, Pozières

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Oscar Mackechnie CHILVERS was born on 10th May, 1891 in Clifton Hill, Victoria

His parents were George James CHILVERS and Elizabeth Eleanor MACKECHNIE

He enlisted in Blackboy Hill in Western Australia on 10th September 1914 with the Australian Army - he joined up with  the 11th Infantry Battalion, C Company - Unit embakred from Fremantle WA on board the transport ship Ascaniuis on 2nd November, 1914

His rank on enlistment was Lance Sergeant Pay & Orderly Room Corporal - he was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant and was transferred to the 51st Battalion 

Oscar was Killed in Action on 15th August, 1916 - he is buried in the Courcelette British Cemetery in France & also commemorated at the Australian War Memorial

He saw service in Egypt, Gallipoli and the Western Front - medals awarded were 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and the Victory Medal



Quartermaster Sergeant Oscar Mackechnie Chilvers who is amongst the wounded is 24 years of age, having celebrated his last birthday on board a hospital ship. Sergeant Chilvers is a Victorian but was transferred by the Union Bank of Australia to its branch at Meckering, Western Australia in 1913.  As soon as the Commonwealth called for volunteers he offered his services and was accepted, being drafted into the 11th Infantry Battalion as a Private. Before he left Western Australia he had reached the rank of Sergeant and was promoted to that of Quartermaster Sergeant in Egypt.  He was an old Scotch College boy and a keen sportsman." - from the Melbourne Argus 13 May 1915 (trove.nla.gov.au)