Claude Caldwell Wearne
Serial No. 14379
Australian Army Medical Corps
Claude Caldwell Wearne - Information
Claude Caldwell Wearne was born in Leumeah on the 29th of April 1892. The Wearnes had lived in Campbelltown, where Claude's parents, Henry Edgar and Emily Ada were married at the Congregational Church in 1891. When the war started, he was living in Liverpool on Railway St with his family. Claude had become a clergyman before deciding to join the AIF to help his fellow man. He signed up on the 11th of August 1915 in Holsworthy. He was assigned to the 9th Field Ambulance as part of the Army Medical Corps. He was then sent overseas onboard the HMAT Themistocles, which departed Melbourne on the 28th of July 1916.
Claude landed in Plymouth in early September. He was then stationed to the 14th Training Battalion at Codford and later the 15th Training Battalion, where he was detached for duty in late October. He was then sent to France at the end of March 1917, and was taken on strength to the 11th Field Ambulance. Claude spent the war transporting wounded and sick men from the front to aid posts, casualty stations and hospitals. Many would have him to thank for returning home alive. On the 5th of March 1919, he began his voyage back to Australia and was discharged by June.