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Charles Neal RICHARDSON

Regimental number5084
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationHorse breaker
AddressChapel Street, Leichhardt, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinMother, Mrs C Richardson, Chapel Street, Leichhardt, Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date13 January 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll27 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name20th Battalion, 13th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/37/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A31 Ajana on 5 July 1916
Regimental number from Nominal Roll5084A
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll33rd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 18 December 1918
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during operations against enemy positions south of the SOMME east of HAMEL, on 8th August, 1918. In spite of the heavy fog this man successfully led his Lewis Gun Section through ACCROCHE WOOD. He handled his gun to great effect, and displayed splendid initiative. He engaged an enemy machine gun with fire and instructed his men to work round it, and thus capture it. He did especially good work in mopping up two dugouts and with his section captured 27 prisoners. Throughout the operation he displayed great courage and fine fighting qualities.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Bar to Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during the operations near BRAY on 22nd/23rd August, 1918. He took charge of his lewis gun section on the N.C.O. in charge becoming a casualty, and reorganised it on the first objective under heavy fire. he led his section forward to the second objective with great dash and displayed excellent leadership. On reaching the final objective, he established his gun forward of our line, and covered our consolidation. He used his guns with splendid and timely effect during the enemy counter attacks. His work considerably helped us to remain firm, although our left flank was in the air. By his utter disregard of personal danger, and his initiative and leadership he set all ranks a very fine example.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal & Bar, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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