Dennis Chillingsworth

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

Military History

  • 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

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