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Grice, Charles Henry

4849 2nd Lieut 59th Bn. 15th Field Ambulance.

Born on 12 October 1889 at Ballarat, Victoria. Attended Cottesloe School. Entered teaching in 1907 as a senior monitor at South Kalgoorlie and then HT at Greenmount School on £80 per annum plus £30 allowances. Studied for a teachers’ C Certificate in 1907 and the course included: dictation, reading, education, writing, drawing, geography, geometry, recitation, spelling, arithmetic, English, history, algebra, music and Latin. In the years that followed he was a teacher at: Hopetoun, Torbay Junction, Hester and Wedgecarrup. He completed a two year course at Claremont Teachers College in 1914 and was one of the first students enrolled at the University of Western Australia. He enlisted in May 1915, Nok mother, Sarah Ellen Griese of Kalgoorlie and later at Mt Clere Victoria. Embarked at Fremantle 25 June 1915 per A62 Wandilla. In 1916 he was with the 15th Field Ambulance Unit at Ismailia and then with the 59th Bn. in France where he was promoted to 2nd Lieut. On leave in Paris in 1919, he attended the Paris Sorbonne University. RTA per A7 Medic December 1920 and appears to have been at first hospitalised and then transferred to a convalescent home prior to his discharge in February 1919. After the war the German surname was anglicised to Grice and he returned to teaching including Buckland Hill School in 1921. He retired as Head Teacher at Como School in 1954. Service medals: 1914-1916 Star, BWM and VM.