Charles Vincent Austin

Canadian Expeditionary Force

Personal Details

Born: 1 December 1889 in Whitchurch, Shropshire and baptised on 1 January 1890 at St. Alkmund`s Parish Church, Whitchurch.

Family: He was the third of four children born to William Austin, a schoolmaster and his wife, Kate. He married Eileen Ethel Whitting on 12 December 1916 at St. Oswald`s Parish Church, Sheffield, Yorkshire. The couple had two children, Elliot Vincent and Terence Charles.

Residence: At the time of his baptism his family were living in Chester Road, Whitchurch, and were still there in 1891. By 1901 his father had died and the family had moved to 3 St. John`s Street, Whitchurch where his mother was the principal of a private school. There are addresses of 1154 Pacific Street, Vancouver, British Columbia and 275 Jarvis Street, Toronto,Ontario, Canada given for him on his Army medical records. The family returned to the UK in April 1927 and at the time of his death in 1927 his home was 50 Edgedale Road, Abbeydale, Sheffield, Yorkshire.

Employment: On his Attestation in 1916 his occupation was a clerk and bookkeeper; in 1927 it was a salesman.

Died: 27 November 1927 in Sheffield, Yorkshire, aged 37.

Military Details

Regiment: Canadian Expeditionary Force

Rank: Corporal

Service Number: 524967

Date of Enlistment: 24 August 1916

Date of Discharge: 31 May 1917

Reason for Discharge: On medical grounds with nephritis

Medals and Awards

Charles was awarded the British War Medal

British War Medal

Great War History Hub Whitchurch Shropshire Medals Front Image

The British War Medal is a campaign medal of the United Kingdom which was awarded to officers and men of British and Imperial forces for service in the First World War. Two versions of the medal were produced. About 6.5 million were struck in silver and 110,000 in bronze, the latter awarded to, among others, the Chinese, Maltese and Indian Labour Corps.


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