Charles John Pawson

August 4, 2015

PAWSON, Charles John- – – SPC 1907-1909

DoB:- – 15 April, 1893, Trawool, VIC

Father:- – Charles John Pawson

Mother:- – Catherine Elizabeth, nee Crough

Charles and his brother Edmund attended St Patrick’s College as day students, from 29 Chisholm Street, Black Hill, Ballarat. Charles successfully completed the Junior Public Examination in 1909, gaining a creditable average of 70 per cent across all his subjects, and a First in French and Latin. Charles also passed the Federal Public Service Examinations in July 1910.

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Charles Pawson completed his attestation papers on 5 September 1918 at the age of 25 years. He had married Emma White the previous year, and the couple had had their first child, a daughter named Marie. Charles worked as a military staff clerk, and he stated that he had been a member of the Permanent Forces for seven years and ten months.

Despite seeming to be a good candidate for the AIF, a medical examination revealed a cardiac and hernia scar which precluded him from being accepted.

Charles returned home to Caulfield and resumed his career with the civil service. His wife Emma was working in the manufacturing industry during the war years, and the electoral rolls show that by 1924, when the family was living in Fitzroy, Charles was in manufacturing as well. The couple had two more children, a boy, John born in 1921 and another girl, Sybil, born in 1924.

The family settled in the Melbourne beach-side suburb of Brighton where Charles and Emma lived until Charles’ death on 11 March 1973. He was 79 years old, and succumbed to a stroke which caused his immediate death. Charles was cremated at the Springvale Crematorium.