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Charles Sidney SCHOCROFT

Regimental number3756
Date of birth28 October 1890
Place of birthPiccadilly, South Australia
AddressPiccadilly, Mount Lofty, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 6.25"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinFather, William Edward Schocroft, Piccadilly, Mount Lofty, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date23 August 1915
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name16th Battalion, 12th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/33/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board RMS Malwa on 2 December 1915
Rank from Nominal RollDriver
Unit from Nominal Roll48th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 30107 (1 June 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169 (4 October 1917).

FateReturned to Australia 5 April 1919

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty whilst in charge of a party of pack animals. Whilst passing through a zone of heavy fire several animals became bogged and one man was severely wounded. He sent his party to a safe position, and himself remained and rescued all the animals and dressed the wounded man. He then carried him back half a mile, over very heavy ground, to safety. He undoubtedly saved the loss of several animals, and set a fine example to his men.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 110
Date: 25 July 1918

Military Medal

'At WESTHOEK on 28th/29th September, 1917, for great gallantry and devotion to duty. Private SCHOCROFT was in charge of Pack Train enemy shelled the track and three mules were wounded, the remainder stampeded. Private SCHOCROFT displayed great coolness and disregard for his personal safety, checked the stampede, collected his animals and moved on and delivered rations to his Battalion. His example was very inspiring to those under his Command.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Discharge date8 July 1919
Family/military connectionsBrother: 60 Pte Spencer Lance SCHOCROFT, 3td Light Horse Regiment, died of wounds, 13 August 1915.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength, 48th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 9 March 1916.

Appointed Driver (Temporary), 27 April 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 2 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 10 June 1916.

Appointed Driver, 27 July 1916.

Attached for duty with 4th Division Transport Section, 20 October 1916; rejoined Bn, in the field, 8 December 1916.

Detached for duty with 4th Division Pack Transport, 4 January 1917; rejoined Bn, in the field, 20 February 1917.

Mentioned in Despatches.

Detached to 4th Division Pack Train, 2 June 1917; rejoined Bn, in the field, 14 June 1917.

Awarded Military Medal.

On leave to United Kingdom, 13 February 1918; rejoined Bn from leave.

Promoted Corporal, 10 October 1918.

Promoted Sergeant, 24 October 1918.

On leave to United Kingdom, 12 December 1918; rejoined Bn from leave, 8 January 1919.

Marched out to England for return to Australia, 21 January 1919.

Commenced return to Australia from Devonport on board HT 'Armagh', 5 April 1919; disembarked Adelaide, 16 May 1919; discharged (termination of period of enlistment), Adelaide, 8 July 1919.

Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Also served in World War II: enlisted, 25 June 1940; discharged, 18 February 1947, as S45 Sergeant, 27th Bn.
SourcesNAA: B2455, SCHOCROFT Charles Sidney

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