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Charles POWELL

Regimental number48
Place of birthHowich Near Bolton England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationElectrical fitter
AddressYarraville, Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinFather, Joseph Harris Powell, Lorne Street, Yarraville, Melbourne, Victoria
Enlistment date19 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll17 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentCorporal
Unit name37th Battalion, Headquarters
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/54/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A34 Persic on 3 June 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll38th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 25 January 1919

Military Medal

'On the 7th/8th and 9th June, 1917, during the operations south of MESSINES for magnificent work in connection with the maintenance of communications and whilst in charge of the signallers at the Advanced Battalion Report Centre. On many occasions the line connecting his station with the Brigade Forward Station was broken by enemy artillery fire, but this N.C.O. by his untiring efforts succeeded in re establishing communication. Throughout the whole operation he displayed great resource in handling his men, and exhibited great courage and devotion to duty.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 219
Date: 20 December 1917

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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