Charles Richard Irvine MM & Bar

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Charles Richard Irvine MM & Bar
Irvine Charles Richard 1.jpg
Western Mail 26 Apr 1918 page 5s
Personal Information
Date of Birth Not known
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Place of Birth Fremantle, Western Australia
Death 16 Mar 1964
Place of Death Jindong, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 26 years, 11 months
Description 5'7½" (1.71m) tall ; 130 lbs
58.967 kg
; fair complexion ; yellowish eyes ; fair hair
Occupation Draughtsman
Religion Church of England
Address NOK Arthur Head, Fremantle, Western Australia
Next of Kin Father , Mr Charles James Irvine
Military Information
Reg Number 1837
Date of Enlistment 17 Aug 1914
Rank Sergeant
Unit/Formation 8th Battery, 3rd Field Artillery Regiment / 3rd FAB, 1st Division
Date of Embarkation 2 Nov 1914 ‒ 3 Dec 1914
Ship Embarked On HMAT A7 Medic
Date of Return 23 Oct 1918 ‒ 12 Dec 1918
Ship Returned On SS Port Lyttleton
Fate Wounded in Action (gas) 29 Mar 1918
Returned to Australia
Monument Kelmscott War Memorial (North panel)
Medals Military Medal & Bar
1914-15 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal

Pre War

Electoral Roll entries - 1910 to time of enlistment at Arthur's Head, Fremantle as a survey officer.

War Service

Embarked for Gallipoli at Alexandria aboard HMAT A32 Themistocles arriving on the Gallipoli Peninsular on 22 Nov 1915, a month before the evacuation.

Returning to Egypt, he was AWOL from a parade on 31 Mar 1916, receiving 5 days field punishment for his lapse of memory.

In Nov 1916 he had a bout of malaria requiring hospitalisation in England (Guildford War Hospital), returning to France from Folkestone on 29 Mar 1917, and rejoining his battery on 10 Apr 1917. On 22 Jun 1917 he was awarded the Military Medal. Promoted Bombardier on 7 Oct 1917, but he reverted at his own request a month later.

In Feb 1918 attended the Xth Corps Gas School. (This may have led to responsibilities back in his unit that contributed to his being gassed on 29 Mar 1918.) Treated initially by the 1st Australian Field Ambulance, he was admitted to the 7th General Hospital in St Omer for treatment on 1 Apr 1918 and then transferred to the 15th US General Hospital in France where he remained until he was discharged to the Base Depot on 2 May 1918. While in hospital he received a bar to his Military Medal.[1]

Promoted again to Bombardier on 18 Jul 1918, and made Temporary Sergeant on 23 Sep 1918 before his return to Australia where he reverted to Bombardier.

As a 1914 enlistment he was one of the first to begin the journey home, arriving back in England on 13 Oct 1918 on the HMT Prince George to begin the journey home.

Discharged at 5th Military District 17 Feb 1919.

Award Comment

Military Medal.

For bravery in the field.[2][3]

Bar to Military Medal.

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty near HOLLEBEKE. During the night of 28/29th March 1918 while the Battery position was under a heavy Gas and H.E. bombardment this NCO though suffering from the effects of gas passed several times through the heavy shellfire in his efforts to evacuate the wounded to a safer spot. He showed a splendid disregard of his personal danger in the carrying out of his duties and set a very fine example of coolness and determination to all concerned.[4][5]

Post War

His connection with Kelmscott appears to be that, based on letters sent to his NOK Mr C J Irvine to advise of both MM awards, he had moved to Kelmscott. Charles lived in Kelmscott immediately after his return. He married Olive Rose Martin in 1925. Olive died in 1958.

Electoral Roll entries - 1918 at "Portaferry" Kelmscott, draughtsman living with father, a retired public servant; 1925 a pastoralist at Bedarlo station near Bencubbin; 1930-37 at Enaroo Station near Lake Brown (via Wubin) with Olive ; 1943 farming at "River View" Jindong south of Vasse with Olive (1954-58 + Diana Flora and Richard Yelverton); (1963 Diana and Alisa Laurel).


  2. Fourth Supplement No 30234 to the London Gazette dated 14 August, 1917, 77, position 94
  3. "Government Gazette Proclamations and Legislation". Commonwealth Of Australia Gazette (219). Australia, Australia. 20 December 1917. p. 3377. Retrieved 29 June 2017 – via National Library of Australia. 
  4. Second Supplement, No 30753, to the London Gazette, dated 12th June 1918
  5. "Government Gazette Appointments and Employment". Commonwealth Of Australia Gazette (173). Australia, Australia. 7 November 1918. p. 2113. Retrieved 29 June 2017 – via National Library of Australia. 

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