Charles Harry Vincent (Charlie) SIMPKINS

SIMPKINS, Charles Harry Vincent

Service Numbers: 19123, V91120
Enlisted: 30 April 1917, Sep 17 Reinforcements
Last Rank: Warrant Officer Class 2
Last Unit: Lines of Communication Units
Born: Ascot Vale, Victoria, Australia, 17 July 1895
Home Town: Ascot Vale, Melbourne, Victoria
Schooling: Ascot State School, Victoria
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Coronary occlusion, Arteriosclerosis, East Malvern,Victoria, Australia, 9 September 1956, aged 61 years
Cemetery: Springvale Botanical Cemetery, Melbourne
Memorials: Melbourne Town Hall Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

30 Apr 1917: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 19123, Australian Army Medical Corps WW1, Sep 17 Reinforcements
22 Dec 1917: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 19123, Army Medical Corps (AIF), --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '23' embarkation_place: Melbourne embarkation_ship: HMAT Ulysses embarkation_ship_number: A38 public_note: ''
12 Jun 1918: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 15th Field Ambulance
29 Sep 1918: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, 19123, 15th Field Ambulance, Breaching the Hindenburg Line - Cambrai / St Quentin Canal, France on 29th Sept 1918. Evacuated to Weymouth Hospital, England, wounded in action, suffering from gunshot wounds in head and elbow.
2 Mar 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, 19123, 15th Field Ambulance

World War 2 Service

16 Dec 1940: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Staff Sergeant, V91120
16 Dec 1940: Enlisted Private, V91120, Lines of Communication Units
10 May 1943: Involvement Staff Sergeant, V91120, New Guinea - Huon Peninsula / Markham and Ramu Valley /Finisterre Ranges Campaigns
1 Jul 1944: Involvement Staff Sergeant, V91120, Lines of Communication Units, Homeland Defence - Militia and non deployed forces

World War 1 Service

21 Jan 1947: Discharged Warrant Officer Class 2, V91120, Lines of Communication Units, War Graves Registration Unit
21 Jan 1947: Discharged Staff Sergeant, V91120, Lines of Communication Units, War Graves Registration Unit

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Biography contributed by Steve Larkins

Charles Simpkins (1895-1956)

Charles Simpkins enlisted  for WW2 service 16 Dec 1940.

He subsequently served New Guinea, with 17 Graves registration unit where he was Promoted to Staff Sergeant. Returned to Australia 1944.

Served in Victoria, Australian War Grave Maintenance Unit, until discharged, 21 January 1947.

Medals 1939/45 Star, Pacific Star, War Medal, Australian Service Medal in additin to his WW1 service medals.