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Charles Alexander POLGLASE

Regimental number2884
Place of birthBridgewater, Victoria
Address116 Mansfield Street, Northcote, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 4.5"
Weight130 lbs
Next of kinFather, W G Polglase, 116 Mansfield Street, Northcote, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed for 3 years in the 55th Bn, Citizen Military Forces; still serving at time of AIF enlistment.
Enlistment date2 June 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll28 June 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name5th Battalion, 9th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/22/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A16 Star of Victoria on 10 September 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll58th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1917
Age at death from cemetery records20
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 17), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William and Margaret POLGLASE, 116 Mansfield Street, Northcote, Victoria. Native of Bridgewater-on-Loddon, Victoria
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength, 5th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 7 January 1916.

Transferred to and taken on strength of 57th Bn, 17 February 1916.

Transferred to and taken on strength of 15th Machine Gun Company, Tel el Kebir, 9 March 1916.

Transferred to 57th Bn, 13 March 1916.

Transferred to 59th Bn, 15 March 1916.

Found guilty, 6 June 1916, of disobedience of orders, viz. eating iron rations: awarded 3 hours' pack drill.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Posted missing, 19 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 29 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 19 July 1916'.

Handwritten note on Form B103: 'Presumed Buried In No Man's Land approx 5J90 43 to 5K02.5.1 Sheet Hazebrouck 5A'.

Statement, Red Cross File No 2170702, 664 J. BLAIR, 59th Bn (patient, 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, England), 3 January 1917: 'At Fleurbaix he was killed by a shell on 19th. July. He was out in No Man's Land, I was not far away from him at the time.'

Second statement, 2790 Pte L. BRETHERTON, A Company, 59th Bn, 21 September 1916: 'I did not see him during the charge at Fleurbaix on July 19th, but Pte "Snowy" Haynes, L.M.G.S. who was with him on the same gun, said he heard the gun firing and a shell burst near it. He couldn't see anything of him afterwards and concluded he was blown to pieces.'

Third statement, 3618 Pte J. FISHER, A Company, 59th Bn (patient, Royal Victoria Hospital, Netley, England), 18 January 1917: 'Polglase was killed during the same attack, just over our trenches. I saw him lying dead when we retired. I think he would be brought in and buried, but I do not know for certain.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, POLGLASE Charles Alexander
Red Cross File No 2170702

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