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Charles Frederic (Charlie) Chopin (1899–1918)

In the sad news that has come to Mr. F. Chopin, Public School, Shellharbour, we extend our sincere sympathy, for on Monday night he received word his son Charlie, had paid the supreme sacrifice, dying from wounds in France.

Some three days previously, word came through that he was wounded, and it was hoped happier news would supposedly follow.

The brave young soldier who has died for his country, was but a lad, who had not long passed his 18th birthday. From 16 he was worrying to get away to do his bit.

Those who know and liked him as a laddie in Shellharbour, will share the sorrow that has come to Mr. Chopin, who during the years spent at the school has earned the esteem of the children and the respect and regard of the community who also honour him for the interest and hard work he has put into patriotic projects.

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'Chopin, Charles Frederic (Charlie) (1899–1918)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 22 May 2024.

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14 May, 1899
Candelo, New South Wales, Australia


3 October, 1918 (aged 19)
Joncourt near Peronne, Picardie, France

Cause of Death

killed in action

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