Harold Windemere Chugg1

#19876, b. 29 August 1897, d. 5 November 1916

Individual's Timeline

Birth29 August 1897Harold Windemere Chugg2,3
Death5 November 1916Harold Windemere Chugg4,5

Primary events

  • Birth: Harold Windemere Chugg was born on 29 August 1897 in Longford, Tasmania, Australia.2,3
  • Death: Harold died on 5 November 1916 in France (Aged 19 years, 2 months and 7 days, worked back from recorded birth date).4,5

Secondary circumstances

  • Religion: Harold was of the Presbyterian faith.
Some aspects of Harold Windemere Chugg's life. Harold was baptized on October 10, 1897 by Rev J Russell Evandale Presbyterian church, Church record 1555; NS240/8-11, Register 1839 - 1953 at AOT
Harold enlisted at Claremont, Tasmania on 6 July, 1915 Height 5ft 8 1/2in., weight 10 st. 12 lbs; complexion fair; eyes blue; hair light brown; Religious denomination Presbyterian. Two scars on left forehead, one across chin and one on upper lip, scar on back of lower left leg, flatfooted. Trade farmer, next of kin father A.T. Chugg of Belmont, Relbia.
Regimental number 2466; Regiment 26th Battalion AIF, rank private.

September 9, 1915, embarked at Hobart per HMAT Ballarat. Casualty at Anzac, January 9, 1916. disembarked ex Hudros, Alexandria, March 21, 1916 Disembarked ex Hudros, Alexandria Marseilles September 2, 1916 discharged to duty, September 4, 1916. Returned to unit from Hospital, France, September 9, 1916, returned to duty November 5, 1916. Killed in the field in France, Anzac section 3rd echelon GHQ, British Expeditionary Force, August14, 1917. The AWM has a letter which was written by his mother, but they believed t be from his Father, A. T. Chugg requesting information. August 22, 1917 official letter sent stating that Harold W Chugg was killed in the field in France on November 5, 1916 and that no further information was available. Personal effects and medals - Star number 22111, British War Medal, Victory Medal and Memorial Plaque were sent to the father.

Harold is remembered on the Victory and Freedom Roll of Honour, ACMF in Launceston. He is also remembered on the Honour Roll at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church at Evandale, on Evandale Cenotaph, Roll of Honour at Longford, and on the War Memorial Honor Roll in Evandale Hall.6

Military Career

Records show that Harold Windemere Chugg served in the armed forces. Harold attested 6th July 1915. He said he as 21 years and 4 months old, but my records show he was born in 1897. His father was Alexander Tasman CHUGG.
* Harold left Australia for Alexandria, then sailed to Marseilles in March 1916. In September 1916 he had a 'urine test' at a field ambulance station, but we returned to duty with 2 days. 2 months later he was KIA.
* Alex made application for a War Leave Payment 25th May 1921, which was approved. I think it amounted to £104/5/-, which was payed to Harold's mother. This was not in accordance with the usual practice, as his father was his official OK, and Alex had to write to the Finance Officer, requesting the payment go to her.
* There is a card within his papers showing he made an allotment of his pay of £2/16/- per fortnight to his mother.
* The caretaker of the Australian War memorial has Harold as part of the The Battle of Gueudecourt, France, 5 - 14 November 1916: Gueudecourt, a village on the Somme battlefield in northern France, became the scene of two attacks by Australian troops in November 1916 which were made amid conditions rated as the most difficult ever faced by the AIF. The British offensive of this front in September-during which I Anzac Corps was resting in the Ypres sector after its losses at Pozieres and Mouquet Farm (q.v.) - had advanced the line into a valley below the Bapaume heights. Here the onset of Autumn rains turned the ground into a quagmire, and attacks against the German lines by the British Fourth and Fifth Armies during October all failed totally with heavy losses.
- Extracted from the book produced by Chris Coulthard-Clark, Where Australians Fought - The Encyclopaedia of Australia's Battles, Allen and Unwin, Sydney, 1998, pp. 120-122.
- More details can be found - http://desert-column.phpbb3now.com/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=425.7

Locus Operandi


  1. Tasmanian Archives database.
  2. Tasmanian Archives database: Surname: CHUGG
    Event: Birth
    Father/Spouse Surname: ALEXANDER TASMN
    Mother/Spouse Given Names: CARTER ANNIE ELIZ
    Day: 29
    Month: 8
    Year: 1897
    Sex: M
    Spouse Age:
    Spouse Sex:
    Registration Place: LONGFORD
    Registration Number: 1304/1897
    Reference: RGD 33.
  3. International Genealogical Index (IGI), Page 1304 in the Tasmanian on line originals (not sighted yet) - image 74 in the index.
  4. Website Commonwealth War Graves Commission - Web Site (unknown url) "Name:      CHUGG, HAROLD WINDERMERE
    Initials:      H W
    Nationality:      Australian
    Rank:      Private
    Regiment/Service:      Australian Infantry, A.I.F.
    Unit Text:      26th Bn.
    Age:      19
    Date of Death:      05/11/1916
    Service No:      2466
    Additional information:      Son of Alexander Tasman Chugg and Annie Elizabeth Chugg, of Belmont, Relbia, Tasmania.
    Casualty Type:      Commonwealth War Dead
    MEMORIAL: St Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Evandale, Tasmania - and other memorials in the district as well."
  5. Digger - Tas BMD Digger databases on CD, Surname: CHUGG
    Given Names: Private No. 2466, 26th Battalion A.I.F. Harold Wintermere
    Event: D
    Father/Spouse Surname:
    Mother/Spouse Given Names:
    Date: 1916-11-05
    Place: FRANCE
    Registration Year: 1918
    Registration Number: 2506.
  6. Max Chugg, "eMail from Max Chugg Tasmania," e-mail to Shirley Elrick, various.
  7. Misc web sites, online see Citation Detail, CHUGG, Harold Windermere
    Service No: 2466
    26th Battalion, 5th Reinforcements

    Born 29 August 1893, Franklin Village
    Son of Alexander Tasman Chugg and Annie E Chugg nee Carter
    Of Belmont, Relbia, Tasmania
    Occupation prior to enlistment Farmer
    Enlisted 6th July 1915, Claremont, Hobart
    Embarkation: 5 October 1915 from Brisbane per ‘Warilda’
    Age: 21 years
    Served in France and Egypt
    Killed in action 5th Nov 1916, In the Field France
    Buried at ANZAC SECTION, 3rd Echelon G.H.Q. British Expeditionary Force

    Courtesy of Manda Palmer
    Tasmanian Weekly Courier, October 28 1915 insert 4.