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Charles Henry Blee was born in Ballarat and was a Plumber by trade when he enlisted in the 39th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement on 23 September 1916 at the age of 21. His unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A17 Port Lincoln on 20 October 1916. After a period of further training in England he moved to the battlefields of France in May 1917. In early November of 1917 he was struck down by severe appendicitis and evacuated to the Red Cross Hospital at Winchester in England. After he recovered in April 1918 he was posted to the Machine Gun Training Depot at Grantham until late June when he was deemed fit enough to return to France. In mid-August he was transferred to the 3rd Machine Gun Battalion with whom, despite some bouts of illness, he saw out the final months of the war. He returned to Australia on the Persic, disembarking at Melbourne on August 29th 1919.
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