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Charles Vivian BLANCH

Regimental number10587
Place of birthNorthcote, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationMotor driver, G P O
Address102 Darebin Road, Northcote, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinFather, Alfred Blanch, 102 Darebin Road, Northcote, Victoria
Enlistment date4 April 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll23 October 1914
Rank on enlistmentCorporal
Unit nameDivisional Signal Company 3
AWM Embarkation Roll number22/13/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 25 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Divisional Signal Company
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

'Work near Hamel on 8 August 1918.'
Recommendation date: 13 August 1918

FateReturned to Australia 1 July 1919

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during operations against enemy positions south of SOMME east of HAMEL on 8th August, 1918. This N.C.O. was in charge of all lines at Brigade Forward Station. He displayed great ability and determination in maintaining line communications in the Brigade Area both before and after Zero hour, under extremely difficult conditions and heavy shell fire. By his fearless courage and coolness he set a splendid example to those working with him thereby ensuring effective communications throughout. His conduct was very fine.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Other detailsMedals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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