Name Dennis Chillingsworth
Number Private 606
Battalion 1st Battalion
Place of Birth West Bromwich
Next of Kin Mr. J G Chillingworth of Handsworth Birmingham
Date and place of enlistment Sydney 31/8/1914
Physical details on enlistment 21 years 10 months, 5’6”,
10 stone, blue eyes and fair hair
Religion Church of England
Occupation clerical worker
Date and place of death
He was killed in action in France on 18/8/1916
Location of grave or memorial
He has his name on the Villers Bretonneux Memorial
Relationship to Woorayl Shire
His family gave Leongatha as his place to be remembered
The Chillingworth Family
- Dennis came to Australia at the age of 18
He had two brothers in the AIF and all three went to Gallipoli in the first contingent. Dennis was killed in action in France and Howard went through the whole campaign and was decorated for gallantry in the field. Dennis is listed as being from Leongatha. Three other brothers served in the English forces and one was killed in action. He was Ernest who was in the Royal Warwickshire Regiment and was killed on 17/8/17 and is buried at Tyne Cot Cemetery.
Therefore three sons out of six died as a result of this war.
Howard Chillingsworth soldier 275 was a farmer. He enlisted on 28/8/1914 in Sydney
- 18/10/14 He embarked Sydney on the Afric
- 5/4/15 He embarked Alexandria to go to Gallipoli
- 12/9/15 He was in hospital in Mudros with diarrhoea
- 20/11/15 He was discharged to his unit after convalescing
- 21/11/15 He returned to Gallipoli
- 1/1/16 He disembarked Alexandria
- 22/3/16 He embarked Alexandria
- 28/3/16 He disembarked Marseilles
- 15/8/16 He is at a school of instruction for engineers
- 18/8/16 He rejoined his unit and was killed in action
. • In June 1918 a Miss price of Abbotsford wrote to the army stating that she is his cousin and nearest relative and that she should receive his effects. They have no address for his father.
- The Public Trustees of NSW wrote asking for a death certificate so they can deal with his will. They asked for any details of next of kin.
- In 1932 Howard asked for a photograph of his brother’s grave.
- Medals were sent to his father