Charles Herbert (Ginger) CUMMINS

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CUMMINS, Charles Herbert

Service Number: VX23861
Enlisted: 7 June 1940, Caulfield, Victoria.
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 2nd/4th Infantry Battalion
Born: Carrum, Victoria, 4 July 1913
Home Town: Frankston, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Truck Driver
Died: Died of wounds, New Guinea, 19 December 1944, aged 31 years
Cemetery: Lae War Cemetery
Lae War Cemetery; KK. C. 16., Lae War Cemetery, Lae, Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Private, SN VX23861
7 Jun 1940: Enlisted Private, SN VX23861, Caulfield, Victoria.
7 Jun 1940: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Private, SN VX23861, 2nd/4th Infantry Battalion
18 Apr 1941: Embarked Private, SN VX23861, 2/22 Infantry Battalion. Embarked Sydney. Disembarked 26-4-1941 Rabaul.
28 Oct 1944: Embarked Private, SN VX23861, 2/4 Infantry Battalion. Embarked Cairns per USAT Mexico. Disembaked 1-11-1944 Aitape, New Guinea.
19 Dec 1944: Wounded Private, SN VX23861, 2/4 Infantry Battalion. Died as a result of Gun Shot Wounds - right shoulder/chest, lumbar region and right foot.

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Biography contributed by Karen Standen

Pte. Charlie Cummins, A.I.F., eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. C. Cummins, of Frankston, has died of wounds in New Guinea. Pte. Cummins served for over four years with the A.I.F., and escaped when Rabaul was captured by the Japanese. He spent nearly a fortnight in the jungle before being rescued. After his return to Australia, he went to Queensland and from there on to the New Guinea area. For a time he was in hospital with malaria, but recovering returned to New Guinea. He was a playing member of the Frankston Football Club, and was well known on the Mornington peninsula. Two brothers are serving in the New Guinea area. - from The Age, 4 January 1945 (nla.gov.au).

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