Charles McHutchison

Name   Charles McHutchison

Number    Private 2861

Battalion      8th Battalion  

Place of Birth   Ballarat

Next of Kin   Mr. William McHutchison of Stony Creek

Date and place of enlistment   Meeniyan  3/7/1915

Physical details on enlistment   Age 39 years 11 months 5’4 ½ ”, 11 stone 7 pounds, brown eyes and dark brown hair.  Tattoos on both forearms

Religion   Methodist

Occupation   farm labourer

Date and place of death

He was found dead in the desert near Heliopolis Egypt on 18/10/1915

Location of grave or memorial

He was buried in the Cairo War cemetery Egypt.

Relationship to Woorayl Shire

He was from Stony Creek 

Military History

  • He had tattoos on both arms
  • He was from Stony Creek
  • He is on Grassy Spur Honour Roll
  • He is on Meeniyan Honour Roll
  • 3/7/15 He enlisted in Meeniyan
  • 15/9/15 He embarked Melbourne on the SS Makarina
  • 18/10/15 He was found dead in the desert in Egypt

 

  • The reports of his death: –

Sergeant Goulding   The desceased was in a melancholy disposition and had been drinking heavily prior to his death. Major Watson signed burial certificate

Sergeant Christopher Cameron

On October 18th I went to the No1 Australian General Hospital Heliopolis and saw a dead body which I identified as no 2861 Pte C McHutchison 8th Battalion AIF I am his section Corporal and last saw him alive at mid day on Saturday Oct 16th. He was in his usual spirits and I have never known him to drink.

Private Frank Fowler

I have known him for three months I was with him on Friday night and paid for a drink for him. He was quite sober. He stated that he had been drinking heavily. On board ship he ate alone and he told the informant that he did not want to be alone and felt nervous

Found having committed suicide with a razor

  • There is a Court of Enquiry
  • His brother received a plaque 13/3/23 Victory medal 7/2/23 and scroll on 30/9/21
  • His name was spelt wrong in a War Grave document and on headstone

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