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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

"Charlie" Charles John PELL

Born 1885 in Irwin, Western Australia [15]
Son of George PELL and Elizabeth BROWN [15]
Manager of P. W. PEREGUAN's farm in Three Springs in 1911 and 1912 [6]
Member of the Three Springs Cricket Club in 1912 [9: 22 & 29-Nov-1912]
Labourer in Eneabba in 1912 and 1913 [50]
Labourer on Tootra Station in Walebing in 1914 [50]
Labourer in Watheroo in 1916 [50]
Labourer in Moora prior to enlisting in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) in Perth on 22 May 1916 [30: item 8017019]
     As both his parents were deceased he gave his next of kin as his sister, Mrs Gertrude I. ROWLAND of Dongara [30]
     On enlistment he was recorded as 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing 191 lbs. with brown eyes, brown hair and a ruddy complexion [30]
     After training at Blackboy Hill he was appointed a Gunner in the F.A. 28th Reinforcements W.A. on 21 October 1916 [30]
     Embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia for active service abroad on 9 November 1917, and disembarked in England [30]
     Proceeded to France on 10 March 1918, and ten days later was transferred to the 11th Field Artillery Brigade [30]
     Gunner 36178 in the Australian Imperial Force's 11th Field Artillery Brigade in France during the First World War [30]
     Wounded in Action on 24 April 1918, and was invalided to England with gunshot wounds to his left shoulder, arm and side [30]
      After medical treatment in England returned to service in France on 6 October 1918, where he served until the end of the war [30]
     Arrived back in Australia on the Somali on 8 July 1919 [30]
     Discharged from the Australian Imperial Force on 31 July 1919; received the Victory Medal and the British War Medal [30]
     His brother-in-law Silas J. ROWLAND was killed in Belgium in 1917 and his brother Robert PELL in France in 1918 [30]
He appears to have visited or resided in Three Springs following his discharge in 1919 [9: 19-Sep-1919]
     Attended May BERRIGAN's 21st Birthday held at the Agricultural Hall in Three Springs on Friday 12 September 1919 [9: 19-Sep-1919]
Farmhand in Dongara 1921-1925 [50]
Farmhand on The Grange Farm in Irwin in 1925 [19]
Farmhand for Albert H. COUSINS on Hillview Farm in Arrino for a number of years [P2]
     Donated 5/- to the Three Springs Saint Patrick's Day Committee in 1925 [124]
     He was among the 400 people who attended the Matrons and Benedicts Ball held in Three Springs on 31 August 1928 [4: 8-Sep-1928]
     Awarded 1st prize for the Best Turnout in the Ring Events at the first annual Three Springs Agricultural Show in 1928 [4: 29-Sep-1928]
Resided in Winchester in 1929, presumably while working on Albert H. COUSINS' second farm in Winchester [53]
     Attended the Euchre Party and Dance held at the Winchester School Hall on Saturday 10 August 1929 [4: 17-Aug-1929]
     He was one of the suppliers of music at the Euchre Party and Dance held in Winchester on Saturday 31 August 1929 [4: 7-Sep-1929]
     Had an account with Carnamah blacksmith, wheelwright and motor mechanics Henry Parkin & Son in 1929 [53]
Farmhand in Dongara in 1931 [50]
Farmhand in Three Springs 1935-1947 [5] [19]
     In Three Springs he worked for Edward HUNT on Fairfield Farm and later for "Fred" Fergus CONNAUGHTON [P2]
     Won a £1 note at the Three Springs Agricultural Society's Ball at the Three Springs Hall on Thursday 4 July 1935 [5: 12-Jul-1935]
     With Eleanor G. CALDOW won the Waltzing Competition at the Wheatgrowers Ball in Three Springs in August 1935 [5: 23-Aug-1935]
     Member of the Three Springs Cricket Club in 1935-36 [5: 1 & 15-Nov-1935]
     Resided in Three Springs until 1947 [19]
Later resided in Dongara [2]
Died 3 March 1952; buried at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth, Western Australia (Anglican, SC, 45) [2]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Charles John Pell' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 12 December 2019 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/charles-john-pell  [ sources ]




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