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Charles Kenneth GUNN
Gunner Charles Kenneth Gunn
54th Battalion, The Australian Imperial Force
Gunner Gunn (Reg No: 31717) was treated at the 2nd Australian Auxiliary Hospital at Southall in Middlesex.
Born in 1895 in Brighton, just north of Hobart, Tasmania, Charles Gunn was working on his family’s farms when he joined up as a Gunner at the age of 21 in 1916. The day before Christmas of that year saw him setting off from Melbourne on board a troopship bound for Europe.
Sent to France after reaching the UK, Charles was wounded in action in August 1918 on the Somme, near Amiens. The bullet wounds to his leg meant that it had to be amputated. Charles was then sent to the 2nd Australian Auxiliary Hospital at Southall, where he helped to embroider the St Paul’s altar frontal. He was well enough to return to Tasmania in the spring of 1919. Despite his injury, he returned to farming. He married Julia and they had many happy years together as a family. Charles died in 1980.Gunn, Gunner Charles Kenneth - papers 1