Just Another Pair Of Socks

Melton District ANZACS

Charles Vere FOSSEY


Born: 1890

Birth registration: Victorian Births, Deaths & Marriages Registration No.25551

Birthplace: Rockbank

Parents: William Alfred Fossey (1857-1938); Maria Quaile (1857-1925)

Died: 25 November, 1916

Cause: Died of wounds, accidentally inflicted

Burial place: Grove Town Military Cemetery, Plot 2, Row K, Grave No. 11, Meaulte, France

Awards and Honours

  • British War Medal 1914-20
  • Victory Medal
  • 1914-1918 Memorial Plaque


7th Battalion, 15th reinforcement; 57th Battalion



Regimental Service Number: 4781

Enlistment date: 28 August, 1915 Melbourne

Age at enlistment: 25 years

Address at enlistment: Dalmallee via Dimboola

Religion: Church of England

Marital Status: Single

Next of kin:

Father: Mr W.A. Fossey C/- Mrs. O. Gebert, Dalmallee, Victoria

William Alfred Fossey (1857-1938)Maria Quaile (1857-1925) lived at 36 Spencer St., EssendonCharles was one of 10 children, 5 girls and 5 boys, with 1 girl and 1 boy not surviving infancy.William died after an accident while cycling hit by a motorcycle in St Kilda when living at Elwood.William Alfred Fossey's parents were: Walter Fossey (1829-1902) and Mary Ann Coburn (1835-1896); Mary Anns parents were John Coburn (1803-1851) and Eliza Amelia Strain (1813-1861). Maria's father was Vere Essex Quaile blacksmith, farrier, and coachbuilder of Bacchus Marsh from 1849-1866.  He moved to Euroa where he died.Brothers Arthur, George and Charles all served in World War 1. George and Charles were both killed.

Physical Description: Height: 5 feet 7 inches
Weight: 11 stones
Complexion: Fresh
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Dark Brown
Distinctive marks: 1 mole Left shoulder; 2 scars right leg

Embarkation ship: H.M.A.T. A18 Wiltshire.

Rank: Private

War Service Summary

07/03/1916    Embarked
25/06/1916 - Disembarked Marseilles from Alexandria
05/10/1916 - Hospital influenza
13/10/1916 - Rejoined unit
22/11/1916 - Accidentally wounded and taken to 2nd London Casualty Clearing Station bomb wounds to hands, arms and legs - While attending to a brazier at D Camp, Trones Wood, an explosion occurred, believed to have been a mills grenade embedded in the ground. Soldier in no way to blame.
23/11/1916 - Wounded in hands and legs and taken to the 2/2 London Casualty Clearing Station. Certificate from soldier to say that he was not in performance of military duty when injured. Note: This sentence deleted from later typed record (see P. 22 Serv. Rec.)
25/11/1916 - Died of wounds at 3.30 a.m. and is buried in the Grove Town Military Cemetery; Sister W.E. Tice. See Red Cross Report

War Service Commemerated

Killed in action.

Date: 25 November, 1916

25/11/1916 Died of wounds France


Buried: Grove Town Cemetery, Plot 2, Row K, Grave no. 11,Meaulte, France; Between Meaulle and Bray, 2 miles NW of Bray

Red Cross Record states: Buried at Grove Town British Military Cemetery Map Sheet 40.000

Commonwealth War Graves Commission states: Grove Town Cemetery, Meaulte, II. K. 11.


Memorial: Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, Panel No. 101


Parcel of Effects:

Identity discs, 4 coins, wallet, pipe, testament, tobacco pouch, knife, belt, letters, note book, metal mirror, piece shrapnel

Additional Information

School: Mt Cotterell No 804


The Bacchus Marsh Express

Saturday 10 April 1880, P 2


FOSSEY.—On the 31st March, at the Werribee, the wife of William Alfred Fossey, of a daughter.


The Bacchus Marsh Express

Saturday 15 June 1895 p 2

The anniversary of the Duke of Abercorn Lodge of Freemasons took place in the Lodge room on the evening of the 7th inst; The chair was occupied by Bro. H. G. Paterson W.M., who installed his successor, Bro; Jno. Borlase, in office, assisted   by the Past Masters of the Lodge. P.M. Bro. Howe was invested with the insignia of the office of Treasurer, who in turn invested the following brethren with the regalia and jewel of their respective offices -S.W., Bro. A. G. Osborne; J.W., Bro. W. A. Fossey; S.D., Bro. P. Murray;



The Argus

Tuesday 20 May 1879 p 1

FOSSEY-QUAILE - On the 17th inst, at St Stephen's Church, Richmond, by the Rev. C. T. Perks, William Alfred, second son of Walter Fossey, of Brighton street, Richmond, to Maria, third daughter of Vere Quaile, of Euroa  



The Argus

Monday 11 July 1938 p 3


Cyclists Injured

William Alfred Fossey, aged 80 years, of Moore street Elwood, was fatally injured when his bicycle and a motor-cycle collided in Brighton road, near the corner of Victoria avenue St Kilda, on Saturday afternoon He died soon after admittance to the Alfred Hospital.


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