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Charles William SHIPWAY

Regimental number2849
ReligionMethodist
OccupationCarpenter
AddressNimbin PO, Nimbin via Lismore, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinFather, Arthur Edward Shipway, Coffee Camp, Lismore, New South Wales
Enlistment date22 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name25th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/42/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A48 Seang Bee on 21 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Motor Transport Company
FateReturned to Australia 31 May 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'During the operations east of YPRES, 20/22nd September, 1917, Pte. SHIPWAY as a Brigade Scout rendered most valuable assistance by the cool and courageous manner in which he carried out reconnoissance work. As one of the Brigade tape-laying party his coolness under enemy artillery fire and in close proximity to enemy forward posts, helped greatly towards the success of this initial enterprise. Later he left our front line immediately after the first wave and established a Brigade Observation Post in GLENCORSE WOOD at which post he stayed during the two ensuing days, and sent back most valuable and definite information concerning the advance of our own troops and the assembling of enemy troops for counter attack, notwithstanding the fact that the enemy's shelling was very severe around his post.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

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