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Charles George BISHOP

Regimental number2333
Date of birth--/09/1894
Place of birthUrana, New South Wales
SchoolThurgoona Public School, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
AddressNewmarket Hotel, Albury, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinGuardian, J J Drummond, Newmarket Hotel, Albury, New South Wales
Enlistment date3 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name18th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/35/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A32 Themistocles on 5 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll18th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 8 March 1918

Distinguished Conduct Medal

Recommendation date: " April 1918"

Bar to Distinguished Service Medal (altered to Military Medal)

FateReturned to Australia 20 October 1918
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in Victorian Garden of Remembrance

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He was in charge of a mopping up party in an attack. Finding his party not strong enough, he demanded assistance from neighbouring troops and completed his task. Subsequently he took patrols to both flanks in turn, locating the enemy, and then guiding parties to deal with the situation. Throughout he showed an absolute disregard for danger, and rendered valuable assistance to his officers.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During the prelimary bombardment near MORLANCOURT on 19th instant he was wounded in the face by a piece of shell. Despite this he took a party in charge. On arriving at the objective he saw one of the officers fighting in advance of the line. He ran to his assistance but the officer was severely wounded - he died later. The stretcher bearers who went forward were both shot. The sergeant carried the officer towards our lines and was himself severely wounded, and later brought in as a stretcher case.' Second entry reads: 'For gallantry and dash in a patrol encounter in "No Man's Land" at PONT ROUGE on the morning of the 8th March, 1918. It was due to the action of Privates VICKERS, MARSHALL and MADDEN, that the enemy were made to stand. Our patrol, was returning to our lines, covered by the patrol Officer and Privates [4557 R.] VICKERS, [2416 W.] MARSHALL and [2435 J.A.] MADDEN, when they noticed a German Patrol, strength about 30, enter an old sap. The Officer went off to organise the main patrol for an assault, whilst the remainder of the covering party engaged the enemy with rifle fire and bombs, which was returned. When the patrol came up, Sergeant BISHOP and Privates VICKERS, MARSHALL and MADDEN rushed the trench from a flank and routed the enemy, who cleared off in the darkness, leaving behind 1 wounded and 3 dead Germans.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 120
Date: 7 August 1918

Date of death17 September 1931
Age at death37
Place of burialAlbury Cemetery, Albury, New South Wales

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