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Charles Henry McGlynn


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Serial No. 5722

2nd Battalion


Charles Henry McGlynn - Information

When Charles signed up for military service, he was living in Coolamon and working as a labourer. He was born in Picton in 1883 to Frederick and Mary McGlynn, before the family moved away. Charles joined up in Cootamundra on the 5th of January 1916. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion as a Private, and then boarded the HMAT Kyarra in Sydney on the 3rd of June 1916.

Charles landed in Plymouth in August, and was quickly shipped to France the following month. He was billeted at the 1st Australian Division Base Depot in Etaples, joining the 2nd Battalion in Belgium on the 5th of October. As the weather turned rather poorly, Charles developed osteitis in his right elbow, reporting to hospital in late November. The following month, he was taken to England to the 2nd Southern General Hospital. Given a reprieve from a winter in the trenches, Charles recovered. He resumed his training in 1917, and was transferred to the 61st Battalion at Wareham. On the 13th of August, he was promoted Lance Corporal. By the end of the month, he reverted to Private at his own request. In September, he was transferred back to the 2nd Battalion as reinforcements from Australia were drying up. The following month, he returned to France joining his unit in the lines, during the Third Battle of Ypres. On the 1st of January, Charles received a shell wound to his right hand. The 2nd Field Ambulance transported him to the 2nd Australian Casualty Clearing Station, and was then evacuated to England for treatment. He returned to the training camps, however, his return to active service was marred by illness, and was in and out of hospital. By October, he was suffering with pleurisy, and in early December, was admitted to Bulford Hospital with venereal disease. He was then sent home on the 31st of March 1919.