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Charles Herbert PALMER

Regimental number5170
Place of birthCorinella Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
AddressCorinella, Western Port Bay, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinMother, Mrs L Palmer, 20 Carroll Street, North Melbourne, Victoria
Enlistment date18 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name5th Battalion, 16th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/22/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A23 Suffolk on 1 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll59th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 30 June 1918

FateReturned to Australia 23 July 1919

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and leadership prior to and during a raid near VILLE SUR ANCRE on 23rd June 1918. He made a personal reconnaissance prior to the raid and brought back valuable information. By his cool demeanour, initiative and disregard of personal danger, he set a fine example to the remainder of the party and was largely instrumental in the success of the raid. When it was reported that his Officer could not be found after the party had left the Trench he immediately volunteered and went back to search for him. His action and conduct throughout are deserving of the highest praise.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 12 February 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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