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|Date of Birth||Not known, 1889|
|Place of Birth||Fremantle, Western Australia|
|Death||30 May 1916|
|Place of Death||Fromelles, France|
|Age at Enlistment||26 years, 1 month|
5'7" (1.70m) tall ; 150 lbs|
68.039 kg; dark complexion ; brown eyes ; dark hair
|Religion||Church of England|
|Address||Jarrahdale, Western Australia|
|Next of Kin||Sister , Mrs Maria Clarke|
|Date of Enlistment||10 Mar 1915|
|Unit/Formation||28th Battalion, D Company / 7th Brigade 2nd Division|
|Date of Embarkation||29 June 1915|
|Ship Embarked On||HMAT A11 Ascanius|
|Fate||Died of Wounds 30 May 1916 at Fromelles|
Australian War Memorial
1914-15 Star |
British War Medal
On entering Blackboy Hill camp Charles received a month's training before being allocated to the 28th Battalion.
Embarked with battalion on the HMT Ivernia for Gallipoli on 4 Sep 1915 and on 10 Sep 1915 he transferred to the HMT Sarnia for the journey from Mudros harbour to Anzac Cove. He later returned on HMT Ausonia via Mudros, arriving at Alexandria on 10 Jan 1916. On 21 Sep 1915 while at Gallipoli, Charles was appointed Lance Corporal.
Embarked on 16 Mar 1916 for Marseilles, arriving there 21 Mar 1916.
Death caused by a gun shot wound to the head received early on 30 May 1916, admitted to No 2 Casualty Clearing Station 30 May 1916, but died of wounds 7:30am 30 May 1916. The battalion's war diary records very light casualties for the month of May 1916 (11 KIA/DOW and 38 wounded). It appears that Charles was one of two deaths on the 30th, probably caused by sniper fire.
Buried in Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord, France Plot II, Row A, Grave No 11.