Claude DEWSNAP

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DEWSNAP, Claude

Service Number: 3071
Enlisted: 7 July 1915, Melbourne
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 8th Infantry Battalion
Born: Maldon, Victoria, 1892
Home Town: Brighton, Bayside, Victoria
Schooling: State School, Victoria
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Gunshot shot wounds, skull fracture, Belgium, 28 October 1917
Cemetery: Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery
Plot 22, Row H, Grave 19
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

7 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 3071, 24th Infantry Battalion, Melbourne
26 Nov 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3071, 24th Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres
26 Nov 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 3071, 24th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Commonwealth, Melbourne
24 Feb 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 8th Infantry Battalion
18 Aug 1916: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 3071, 8th Infantry Battalion, Gun shot wounds to left leg
20 Sep 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 3071, 8th Infantry Battalion, Gun shot wound to scalp
26 Oct 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 3071, 8th Infantry Battalion, Gun shot wounds & fractured skull
28 Oct 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3071, 8th Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Claude DEWSNAP was born in 1892 in Maldon, Victoria

His parents were John Joseph DEWSNAP & Mary Ann ADAMS

He had previously served for 7 years in the Junior Cadet Corp in a State School in Victoria before he enlisted in Melbourne on 7th July, 1915 and embarked with the 24th Infantry Battalion, 7th Reinforcements on the 26th November, 1915 on the ship HMAT Commonwealth

He transferred to the 8th Infantry Battalion on 24th February, 1916

He was wounded on three occasions

1. 18.8.16 - gun shot wound to his left leg

2. 20.9.17 - gun shot wound to his scalp

3. 26.10.17 - gun shot wounds & fractured skull

Claude died of Gun shot wounds & a fractured skull at the 10th Casualty Clearing Station on 28th October, 1917 - he is buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery & his name is memorialised on the Australian War Memorial

Medals: British War Medal & Victory Medal

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Three of his brothers served in WW1

1. John William DEWSNAP (SN 3027) Killed in Action in 1916

2. George Peter DEWSNAP (SN 4493 & SN 66) Returned - awarded the Military Medal

3. Joseph Henry DEWSNAP (SN21738) Returned

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