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charles Frederick BELLETT

Regimental number289
Place of birthDandenong, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFarmer
AddressPowers Road, Dandenong, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinFather, Ernest Bellett, Powers Road, Dandenong, Victoria
Enlistment date1 March 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll25 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameMachine Gun Company 6, Reinforcement 3
AWM Embarkation Roll number24/11/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A17 Port Lincoln on 4 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Machine Gun Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 5 July 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in Victorian Garden of Remembrance
Medals

Military Medal

'During the operations in the vicinity of BELLICOURT on the 29th September, 1918 this soldier displayed very conspicuous bravery. The locality in which he was waiting with his Section pending orders to advance was being heavily shelled and swept by machine gun fire with the result that a number of our troops and Americans became casualties. Private BELLETT, with a total disregard for his personal safety, under heavy shell and machine gun fire rendered first aid to the wounded which could not have been obtained otherwise for some hours owing the scarcity of stretcher bearers. This soldier's work throughout the whole series of operations leading up the the capture of the Hindenburg Line has been very brilliant and of a high standard.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 135
Date: 11 December 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death8 December 1974

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