Thursday, December 8, 2016

Charles Saunders Renwick

Serial Number and Rank: CAPT (MD)
Birth: c1886
Enlisted: Austinmer 6 December 1915 (Medical Practioner of Austinmer)
Next of Kin: Wife. E Renwick of Austinmer
Service: 35th Bn HQ AMC
War Record: RTA 8 November 1918
Marriage: Eileen Maria Holland 1913 Ashfield
Honour Rolls: RSL Honour Roll, Milton Church of England and Milton Town Memorial
His first child Eleanor was born in Milton on 11 October 1915, soon after the family left the district and moved to Austinmer.

Charles Saunders Renwick name appears on the Milton Ulladulla RSL Honour Roll, Milton Church of England and the Milton Town Memorial. When he enlisted into the Australian Army Medical Corps with the rank of Captain, at the age of 32 years in December 1915, he gave his abode as Austinmer. So what is his connection to Milton Ulladulla?

Charles was born 1883 in Sydney, a son of Sir Arthur and Lady Elizabeth Renwick and took his medical degree at Sydney University in 1906, after which he worked at Warwick Hospital in Queensland, followed by the Royal Alexander Hospital for Children in Sydney.

His father Sir Arthur Renwick was also a Doctor and skilled in forensic surgery, an honorary physician at the Sydney Infirmary and Dispensary, medical officer for the Australian Union Benefit Society and examiner in medicine of the University of Sydney. His mother Lady Elizabeth Renwick was an enthusiastic charity worker, with involvement with the Young Women’s Christian Association, NSW Bush Missionary Society, the Australian Trained Nurses Association, the Women’s Suffrage League of NSW and others. His mother passed away whilst Charles was overseas on active duty.

Charles was the local Milton district doctor from 1911 – 1915, he also travelled to Batemans Bay and served as a Doctor for that community too. He was the honorary lay reader for the parish of St Peters and Pauls Milton.  In January 1912 Dr Renwick started doing his rounds in his new motor car; word was that he could not ride a horse. His housekeeper was Mrs Heness, whose daughter Elizabeth was married to John Bartlett of Milton. Charles was also involved with the Milton A & H Society and won prizes for his carnations.

Charles married Eileen Maria Holland at Sydney in April 1913, their daughter Eleanor was born in Milton in October 1915, soon afterwards the family left the Milton district and moved to Austinmer after which he enlisted into the war. The Milton Ulladulla Times newspaper announced that he had offer his medical services for the war effort back in August 1915.

He embarked for overseas service aboard HMAT Benalla A24 in May 1916 as the medical officer with the 35th Battalion, and attended to their medical needs in France until he was transferred to the 9th Field ambulance in July 1917. Charles was also proficient in French.

In 1918 he was appointed to the No 1 Australian Auxiliary Hospital at Harefield Park in England. Charles returned in November 1918, he received his discharge in February, 1919. After the war he practised medicine at West Wallsend for 18 years and took an active part in militia and war charity work at Newcastle. Charles died in 1938 in Sydney; he received the British War and Victory medal for his war service.

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