Inside the Rouse Hill Anglican Church, looking towards the three stained glass windows and the baptism font on the right-hand side, a World War 1 plaque memorialising Private Charles Hastings Wells is mounted on the wall.
The brass memorial plaque is mounted on wood and attached to the sandstone wall of the Church.
Private Charles Hastings Wells was born at Rouse Hill NSW in 1898 and attended Rouse Hill Public School. When he enlisted on 17 April 1916, he stated that his occupation was a farmer at Rouse Hill. He was 18 years old and 5' 11" tall.
He was allocated service number 2267 and his unit was the 53rd Infantry Battalion. Charles embarked for overseas service to France on 11 July 1916 on the vessel A44 Vestalia from Sydney Harbour. His brother, Richard Wells of service number 2264, also enlisted at the same time and was also allocated to the 53rd Infantry Battalion.
On 20 April 1918, Charles was wounded in action with gunshot wounds to leg, foot and tibia while in France. He died of wounds two days later at the 13th CCS in the field, France on 22 April 1918. He is buried at the Arneke British Cemetery, 9.25 miles northwest of Hazebrouck, France.
In Memory of Charles Hastings Wells.
53rd BATTALION A.I.F.
who died of wounds in France 22nd April 1918
BE THOU FAITHFUL UNTO DEATH
AND I WILL GIVE THEE A CROWN OF LIFE.
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