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Letson, Charles Arthur (2693)

Place of Birth: Port Melbourne, VIC

Age: 24 years 7 months

Enlistment Details: Thursday, 15 July 1915 – Melbourne, VIC

Service Number: 2693            view online service record

49 Market Street
South Melbourne, VIC

Next of Kin:
Mary Rose Letson (mother)
49 Market Street
South Melbourne, VIC

Embarkation Details:
Date: Wednesday, 27 October 1915
Ship: HMAT Ulysses A38
Port: Melbourne, VIC
Unit: 24th Infantry Battalion – 6th Reinforcements

RTA: Sunday, 13 April 1919
Discharged: Tuesday, 22 July 1919

Brothers: Alfred John Letson and Stanley Gordon Letson


  • Brian Membrey
    Posted September 22, 2016 11.16 am 0Likes

    Charles Arthur LETSON disembarked in Melbourne on 30 May, 1919 and died in No. 11 Australian General Hospital, Kooyong Road, Caulfield of nephritis (chronic inflammation of the kidneys) on 26 February, 1920. He was buried in the Booroondara General Cemetery, Kew and is included on the AWM Roll of Honour. In a somewhat bizarre coincidence, a married brother, Arthur John LETSON (also born in Port Melbourne) returned July, 1918 with a urinary tract infection, died 29 May, 1921 in 11 AGH from abscesses on a gunshot wound to the thigh and was also interred Booroondara Cemetery. He is not included on the Roll of Honour as he died after the official disbandment of the AIF on 31 March, 1921.

  • ray williams
    Posted December 8, 2016 2.57 pm 0Likes

    charles arthur and alfred john letson were my uncles. my mother was alma mary
    rose letson. according to his war records alfred was shot in the elbow. I was born after they had both died and did not know them but I did know the third brother,
    Stanley Gordon Letson who also served in the first world war.

    • Paul Letson
      Posted May 2, 2021 1.35 pm 0Likes

      Hi Ray,
      I am related to you I believe and I’m chasing details on the Letson Clan. Ly Grandfather was Percy Julius Letson living in Port Melbourne Grand Mother was Ivy.

  • Brian Membrey
    Posted February 16, 2017 5.15 pm 0Likes

    There are many examples of brothers dying in service during the war, but Alfred and Charles may well be unique as the only pair that died after returning, and both at 11 AGH. Certainly the first I’ve encountered in documenting around 6,000 casualties from various districts around Melbourne

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