Tuesday, April 24, 2012

ANZAC Day - Hubert Randall Chambers


Last year on ANZAC day I wrote a blog about three World War I soldiers from my family tree who gave their lives: George Brown Fullerton, Harold H. H. Chambers and Stanley Chambers.

This year I have decided to honour a soldier from my family tree who served in World War I and returned.
Hubert Randall (Bert) Chambers was the younger brother of my great grandmother Millicent Mary McCarthy (nee Chambers). Bert was the uncle of Harold and Stanley Chambers whom I mentioned in my ANZAC Day post last year.

Hubert was born 5 September 1888 at Avoca, Victoria, the second son and third child of George Chambers and his second wife Margaret (nee Randall).

Hubert (Bert) was a 27 year old draper living at Ballan, Victoria, when he enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) on 9 March 1916 in the 10th Field Company Engineers. His unit embarked from Melbourne on the Runic on 20 June 1916.

He studied an engineering course in England before he was sent to France.
Bert was wounded in action in France on 9 January 1917. He suffered a gun shot wound to his left wrist. Over the next six months, Bert spent time in hospital in England where operations were performed on his injured wrist. He also spent time with relatives in England while he was recuperating. On 23 June 1917 Bert was deemed unfit to return to general service in France due to his injury. In July 1917 he left England to return to Australia. He was discharged from service on 5 November 1917. 


It is sad to note that, on 28 March 1917, while Bert was recuperating from his injury in England, his mother, Margaret Chambers (nee Randall) died at Hawthorn, Victoria.

After his war service, Bert continued to live in Ballan where he was a storekeeper. He married Jessie Elizabeth Myers at Ballan in 1918. They had five children. 

Bert sent postcards to his family back in Australia while he was on service. I have yet to scan these postcards but when I do I will add them here to this tribute post.

Thank you Bert for your bravery and the bravery of all who gave their service for Australia. Lest we forget.

Hubert Randall Chambers on the AIF database
Hubert Randall Chambers' file at the National Archives of Australia.
Hubert Randall Chambers - First World War Embarkation Roll.



(Sources available on request)
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3 comments:

  1. Lovely tribute to Bert and his service to Australia. Those postcards are an absolute treasure, aren't they?

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    1. Thanks Fi, yes the postcards are a great treasure I must scan them soon and place them on here.

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  2. We should be so very thankful to Bert and others like him. It was lovely to hear a story of a soldier who made it home, although so sad that his mother passed away beforehand. I look forward to seeing those postcards when you have time to scan them. :-)

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