Charles Frederick GORSCH

GORSCH, Charles Frederick

Service Numbers: 2177, 2177B, Q140194
Enlisted: 10 April 1916
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 1st Garrison Battalion
Born: Laidley, Queensland, Australia, 25 January 1888
Home Town: Tirroan, Bundaberg, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Coolum, Queensland, Australia, 15 May 1966, aged 78 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Ipswich Soldier's Memorial Hall Great War
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World War 1 Service

10 Apr 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2177, 52nd Infantry Battalion
16 Aug 1916: Involvement Private, SN 2177, 52nd Infantry Battalion
16 Aug 1916: Embarked Private, SN 2177, 52nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Boorara, Brisbane
18 Jun 1918: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 50th Infantry Battalion
12 May 1919: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2177B, 50th Infantry Battalion, per Port Napier
12 May 1919: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2177, 50th Infantry Battalion
20 Aug 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, SN 2177B, 50th Infantry Battalion

World War 2 Service

23 Feb 1942: Enlisted Citizen Military Forces (CMF) / Militia - WW2, Private, SN Q140194, 1st Garrison Battalion
26 Oct 1945: Discharged Citizen Military Forces (CMF) / Militia - WW2, Private

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Biography contributed by Chris Buckley

Carl Freidrich Gorsch (Charles) was the third of seven children of Hermann August Gorsch (born 1861 in Gemrany) and first wife Wilhelmine Friedericke Harch (born 1860 in Laidley, QLD). Hermann -  a Farmer - and Wilhelmine raised their family at Laidley in QLD, and following Wilhelmine's death in 1901, Hermann remarried Augusta Hingst (nee Loose, born in Germany  in 1862).

Charles, a Labourer at Laidley on the Darling Downs in QLD was married in 1910 to Emma Hingst (born 1885 in Laidley, QLD), Emma died in 1911 and Charles worked as a Labourer at Tirroan on the Mt Perry Line in QLD until he enlisted in the AIF in April 1916. In May 1916 he remarried at Laidley, QLD to Eva Lillian Maud Pearce (born 1897 at Laidley in QLD). Charles served as a Private (Service No:2177) with 52 Infantry Battalion and 50 Infantry Battalion in France. 

Following his Discharge in May 1919, he and Eva settled at Tirroan in Gin Gin, QLD where Charles was a Labourer. They lived and worked in Childres before moving to Nambour, QLD, where Charles enlisted with the AMF in December 1942. He served as a Private (Service No:Q140194) with 15 and 1 Garrison Battalions and was Discharged in October 1948.

Charles and Eva lived at Nambour, where Charles was a Labourer, until he retired and moved to Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast in 1950, and Eva relocated to Everton Park in Brisbane, QLD. Charles died at Coolom in 1966, and Eva died in Brisbane in 1991.

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