Kilmore Remembers WWI Veterans – Charles Edgar Barron


Charles Edgar Barron served as a sapper with the 6th Field Company Engineers. He was born at Reedy Creek in 1886 and on enlistment at Kilmore on 13 October 1915 he gave his next of kin as his uncle, James Thomas Barron, then of Wandong, Victoria. His occupation was a railway foreman.

On 24 Nov 1915 he embarked on HMAT Ceramic, sailing from Sydney. During the war he served with the 1st Australian Light Railway Operating Company.

He arrived in Alexandria in December 1915 and transferred to France via Marseilles in March 1916. He seems to have suffered severely from bronchitis during his service, and was first admitted to hospital in April of 1916, and was later re-admitted in 1916 with a diagnosis of bronchitis, with two further re-admissions in 1917, but he eventually returned to his company and served for the remainder of the war.

He returned to Australia on 2/7/19 via the ‘Nestor’ and was formally discharged  from the Army on 8/11/19.

He was awarded three medals, the 1914/1915 Star, the British War Medal, and the Victory Medal.

He had been single on enlistment but married Margaret (nee Creed) in 1936 and had three children, Terence, Jim, and Joan. He survived until 1951. He is buried with his wife Margaret in the Box Hill Cemetery, Victoria.

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