Saturday, December 3, 2016

Charles Thomas Hession

Serial Number and Rank:  SMN/GNR in Australian Navy
Birth: Milton 6 April 1891 1891/22076 Milton
Baptism: 21 May 1891 St Marys Star of the Sea RC Milton
Parents:  Charles Thomas Hession and Harriet Wilmott
Navy Service 1912 – 1919 – British Gunboat HMS Gayundah, Cruiser HMAS Encounter, Destroyer HMAS Huon and HMAS Australia. Joined the RAN 1 Feb 1912.
Death:  1960
Honour Rolls:  Milton Town Memorial
Milton Primary School
Awarded: 1914-15 Star (issued 14 Jul 1920)
A copy of Charles Thomas Hession diary and Navy service record is held in Cathy Dunn archivies.

Charles Hession was the son of Charles Thomas Hession and his wife Harriet nee Wilmott. His father worked as a carrier to and from Ulladulla and Milton. Charles jnr was born in April 1891 at Milton and he enlisted into the Royal Australian Navy in February 1912.

Charles was with the Royal Navy until 1919, he served on ships including British Gunboat HMS Gayundah, Cruiser HMAS Encounter, Destroyer HMAS Huon and HMAS Australia. He travelled 193,176 miles around the World including the Australia waters, Suva, Singapore, Malta, Samoa, Papua New Guinea and others, played a major role in the capture of the German colonies in the Pacific.

RAN training camp at Jervis Bay In that time he received training in wireless telegraphy and participated in many sweeping and diving, ocean surveying navy exercises, as well as war routine, holding the rank of Seaman and Gunner.   The Royal Australian Navy’s task was to protect Australia’s ports, shipping and trade routes during WW1.

Charles also attended the RAN training camp at Jervis Bay. Charles is listed on the Milton Town Memorial and the Milton Primary School honour Roll. He was issued with 1914-15 Star medal in 1920. His brother John Hession served with the AIF in WW1.

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