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Volunteers of Essendon and Flemington, 1914-1918


McCandlish C H        Gunner    9322    Charles Henry               4 FAB    27    Clerk    Single    Pres       

Address:    Kensington, Derby St, 21   

Next of Kin:    McCandlish, C, Mrs, 21 Derby St, Kensington   

Enlisted:    15 Jul 1915       

Embarked:     A18 Wiltshire 18 Nov 1915   


 Flemington-Kensington Church News, November 1917

Lieut Norman Hooper (who has been gazetted as Lieut and attached to 8th Batt) has been slightly wounded.  Gunner H L Christie, 2nd Field Artillery, has been severely wounded.  Pte A Downie, 14th Batt is reported to be in Tidworth Military Hospital suffering from acute appendicitis.  Pte Don McKenzie and Gunner C H McCandlish are reported wounded.  May God lay His healing hand on all these! 


Flemington-Kensington Church News, January 1918

Corporal Les Kerr and Private E. M. Salter have been wounded.  Lieut  Eric Dewar has been gassed. Gunner G. H. McCandlish is still in a London Hospital suffering from severe wounds received some time ago.


Flemington-Kensington Church News, April 1918


9322- Driver C. H. McCandlish, 104 Howitzer Battery, embarked for Egypt 18th November, 1915.  His training was completed there. He was in hospital in Egypt, and did not particularly care for the country. From Egypt he went to France and has since been through the stress of the West Front fighting. He has been despatch-rider, gunner and driver. His Horse on one occasion and one of his mules another time were killed, while he got off unwounded. Our soldier pays a tribute to La Belle France— France is a pretty place in the Summer time. The flowers are very pretty  and plentiful in the fields.


Charlie was severely wounded sometime about the end of Sept. last, and was in hospital in France. On 6th October he entered the Kitchener Hospital, Brighton, England, and is  till under, treatment there. His last letter, written at the end of December, is full of good cheer, and although written with the left hand is far more legible  than many with the right. He says—" l don't think l will see the firing line any more, but am feeling not too bad considering what l came through during the last three months." He mentions getting the Church Parcel,  with a note in one of the socks from Miss Steel. "I am enjoying some lollies . . . it is quite a treat to get anything with sugar in it."


While in France he went to Edinburgh and Glasgow. He was splendidly received by relatives in the former city and greatly enjoyed the trip. We hope our soldier lad will soon regain his former health and strength, although he will always bear the marks of his sacrifice for righteousness and country.



War Service Commemorated


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