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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Charles William Ewart VERNEDE

Born 1882 in Madras Presidency, South India [30: item 8397856]
Son of Archibald William Lunel VERNEDE and Edith Elizabeth Helena EWART [30] [171]
He was presumably named after his late maternal grandfather Charles William EWART who was a Sudder Court Judge in India [171]
Labourer on Ranfurly Park Farm at Elsternwick in the Moora district in 1912 and 1913 [50]
     By 1911 he had migrated to Western Australia and was living in or near Moora [9: 26-May-1911]
     Attended and gave a travelling rug at the wedding of Abe HOLMES and Hilda BIDDLE in Moora on 17 May 1911 [9: 26-May-1911]
     Donated 5/- cash to the Moora District Hospital Fund in August 1912 [9: 30-Aug-1912]
Labourer in Koojan in 1913 and 1914 [50]
Farmhand for Hans HÄUSSLER on Gregorfields Farm in Winchester in 1914 and 1915 [19]
     Farm Manager in Winchester in 1915 [50]
     His brother James Neville Ewart VERNEDE also worked in Winchester in 1915 [50]
     Either his or his brother's horse Buncle tied to win the Hurry Scurry at the Carnamah Picnic Races on 24 June 1915 [39: 7-Jul-1915]
Married Lily Maud TURNER in 1915 [66]
Resided in Winchester until enlisting in the Australian Imperial Force in Perth on 3 September 1915 [30: item 8397856]
     Upon enlistment he was 5 feet 5½ inches tall, weighed 141 pounds and had brown eyes, grey hair and a dark complexion [30]
     He had at one point previously served five years with the Royal Gloucestershire Hussars in England [30]
     Gave his next of kin as his wife Lily, whose address was 622 Newcastle Street in the Perth suburb of Leederville [30]
     After brief training at Blackboy Hill he was on 16 October 1915 appointed to the 12th Reinforcements of the 16th Battalion [30]
     Embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia for active service abroad on the H.M.A.T. A31 Ajana on 22 December 1915 [18]
     Served in Egypt with the 16th Battalion until 9 March 1916 when he was transferred to the 48th Battalion [30]
     Embarked from Alexandria, Egypt on the H.M.T. Caledonia on 2 June 1916, and disembarked in France on 9 June 1916 [30]
     Private 4017 in the Australian Imperial Force's 48th Infantry Battalion in France during the First World War [30]
     Killed in Action in France on 5 August 1916, and his wife was informed on his death on 28 November 1916 [30]
Eighteen days after his death, on 23 August 1916, his wife gave birth to their son, who was named Charles William Luenal [16] [30]
     After his death his wife received his personal effects, British War Medal. Victory Medal, Memorial Scroll and Memorial Plaque [30]
     His personal effects consisted of letters, a torch, chain, brush and testament, and were shipped to his wife in two packages [30]
     Starting on 10 November 1916 his wife received a fortnightly pension of 20/- from the A.I.F. towards the support of their son [30]
In 1919 his widow Lily married Evan JACKS, and he appears to have died months later at the age of 32 years on 8 January 1920 [2] [66]
     Lily resided at Mon's Cottage on Egina Street in the Perth suburb of Mount Hawthorn until her death in 1925 [30]
     Following her death his son was cared for at Mon's Cottage by his mother-in-law Mrs Fanny TURNER [30]
     The Imperial War Graves Commission found his body and identity disc during resumption work in Pozieres, France in 1927 [30]
     Although weathered, his identity disc was forwarded to be held in trust for his son Charles William Luenal VERNEDE [30]
     His remains were then buried at the Serre Road Cemetery No. 2 in Serre, Somme, France (Plot 13, Row M, Grave 10) [17] [18] [30]
Vernede Lane off Cambridge Street in the Perth suburb of West Leederville was named in his honour in 2003 [287]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Charles William Ewart Vernede' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 17 April 2024 from [reference list]

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