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Charles Herman MENGERSEN

Regimental number554
Place of birthPalmer, South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
AddressPalmer, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Height5' 5.25"
Weight148 lbs
Next of kinFather, Henry Mengersen, Palmer, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date26 November 1914
Place of enlistmentOaklands, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name11th Light Horse Regiment, C Squadron
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/16/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A7 Medic on 2 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal RollAustralian Motor Transport Section
FateReturned to Australia 23 December 1919

Military Medal

'At NOREUIL on 2nd April, 19417, this man as a Runner was employed throughout the action in carrying messages between the advanced relay station in NOREUIL and the front line and between advanced relay and first relay stations. Both of these routes were swept with heavy shrapnel, H.E. and Machine Gun fire. he also guided several parties to the line and throughout was cool, fearless, swift and absolutely reliable.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 174
Date: 11 October 1917

Discharge date24 February 1920
Family/military connectionsBrothers: [1609] Lt Herman Edgar MENGERSEN 25th Bn, died of wounds, 22 September 1917; 4560 Sergeant Irwin Oscar MENGERSEN DCM, 50th Bn, returned to Australia, 4 July 1919; 4163 Pte Norman Victor MENGERSEN, 25th Bn, returned to Australia, 25 August 1917.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Port Napier', 23 December 1919; disembarked Adelaide, 8 February 1920; discharged (termination of period of enlistment), 24 February 1920.

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death26 April 1938
SourcesNAA: B2455, MENGERSEN Charles Herman

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