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Volunteers of Essendon and Flemington, 1914-1918


McFadyen C H     WO    7308    Charles Hector    2 Casualty Clearing Station    23    Clerk    Single    Pres

Address:    Ascot Vale, North St, 78 "Kildonan"   

Next of Kin:    McFadyen, Mary E, Mrs, 78 North St, Ascot Vale    

Enlisted:    12 May 1915        

Embarked:     A40 Ceramic 23 Nov 1915    




How the offer of Warrant Officer Charles McFadyen, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alick McFadyen, of "Kildonan," 63 South street, Ascot Vale, to give some of his blood to a comrade was an offer in vain, was described in a letter received in Melbourne recently from 2nd Australian Casualty Clearing Station, France. Sergeant Baxter wrote:-


"To-day Mc Fadyen, our Warrant Officer, made a great name for himself. Last night we received a patient shot through the abdomen. He had lost a lot of blood, and when morning came he was very low. Captain E. H. Barkitt, a Sydney surgeon, of the 14th Field Ambulance, after an examination, stated that the only way to save his life would be to transfuse blood from a healthy man. McFadyen at once volunteered to allow a pint of his blood to be transfused into the patient's veins, and his offer was accepted. "McFadyen and the patient were placed side by side in the operating theatre," Sergeant Baxter continued. "The surgeon cut into McFadyen's arm, but just about this time the patient died.


McFadyen's noble act was very much appreciated by the surgeons and men of the unit. After having had several stitches inserted in his arm, it was dressed. Then he went on with his duties as if nothing had happened." Warrant Officer Charles McFadyen is an old Scotch Collegian. Before enlisting he was a Customs officer.


SOLDIER OFFERS BLOOD TO SAVE COMRADE'S LIFE. (1917, March 29). The Essendon Gazette and Keilor, Bulla and Broadmeadows Reporter (Moonee Ponds, Vic. : 1914 - 1918), p. 6 Edition: Morning.. Retrieved May 6, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article74602117



In a letter received by Miss Maude McFadyen from her brother somewhere in France, the following extract will be read, showing the good work done by the Red Cross near the battle front:-


"Amongst some of the clothing I obtained from the Red Cross stores for some of our wounded Australians, was a case of shirts, stamped Essendon Red Cross, so you can rest assured that the efforts of all the good ladies of the Essendon branch are being well appreciated by the boys who deserve them. "


FROM THE FRONT. (1917, October 25). The Essendon Gazette and Keilor, Bulla and Broadmeadows Reporter (Moonee Ponds, Vic. : 1914 - 1918), p. 4 Edition: Morning. Retrieved May 26, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article74604126


Flemington-Kensington Church News, July 1917

2nd Casualty Clearing Hospital, AAMC, on 23rd Nov, 1915.  He has met a number of our Sunday School and Bible Class boys at the West front.  recently, when riding along a French road he saw a football match in progress, and on reining up he immediately recognised Jack Vallance.  It would cause recent wounds to bleed afresh if we mention the names of all those he met.    

There is a little matter concerning transfusion of blood to a patient in a time of crisis that Charlie never mentioned, but others have told us of it.



Mentioned in this publication:

Essendon Gazette 13 May 1915

Essendon Gazette re Essendon Harriers

Flemington-Kensington Church News, February 1918, acknowledging receipt of a Christmas parcel.

Flemington-Kensington Church News, July 1918, article relating to Stewart-A-L-Pte-7325

Flemington-Kensington Church News, December 1918, letter from Vallance J C Driver 33352

Dear Annie, by Elizabeth Elson.  The author: Mornington, 1994.  p 24 Letter by Watson-G-W--A-g-Sgt-2874


War Service Commemorated

Essendon Town Hall L-R


Flemington Branch ANA

Essendon Gazette Roll of Honour With the Colours                                                        

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