57th Battalion, AIF
Date/Place of Birth: abt 1872, Ashfield, NSW
Date/Place of Death: 28 February 1917, Fovant, England
Biographical details: Charles William Ferrow was born at Ashfield about 1872, the son of James Charles and Margaret Sarah Jane Ferrow. Charles attended the Christian Brothers School at Parramatta. In 1897, Charles married Anne Moran at Newtown, NSW. There were three children from this union: John F born 1902 at St Peters, Joseph William born 31 October 1904 at Newtown and Kathleen L M born 1908 at St Marys. Before the war, Ferrow served with the 2nd Regiment for 7 years before it was disbanded. On enlistment, Ferrow gave his occupation as a painter although the Roll of Honour Circular completed by his wife Annie, listed a previous occupation as Coachbuilder.
Service details: Ferrow enlisted at Penrith on 16 June 1916. He served with A Company, Depot Battalion at Bathurst until 28 September 1916 when he was allocated to the 7th reinforcements, 57th Battalion. On 8 October 1916, he moved with the 57th Battalion to Liverpool. On 3 November 1916, Ferrow sailed for the war front aboard HMAT Afric and disembarked at Plymouth on 9 January 1917. On 10 January 1917, Ferrow marched into the 14th Training Battalion at Hurdcott. On 25 January 1917, he was admitted to the Military Hospital at Fovant seriously ill with bronchitis and in a very debilitated condition. His condition gradually worsened and he died on 28 February 1917. At the time of his death, his wife was listed as living at Leichardt St Katoomba.
Memorial Details: Ferrow is commemorated on Memorial Panel 163, 187 Compton Chamberlayne Cemetery, Wiltshire.
National Archives of Australia Search: B2455, FERROW C W