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Charles William STOERKEL

Regimental number1212
Place of birthLondon England
ReligionChurch of England
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinFather, Jacob Stoerkel, 4 Hasley Road Silver Street, Edmonton London, England
Enlistment date11 September 1914
Rank on enlistmentSIG
Unit name16th Battalion, G Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/33/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 22 December 1914
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal Roll2nd Lieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll48th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 29890 (2 January 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 103 (29 June 1917).

FateReturned to Australia 8 August 1919

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He led several fighting patrols and made important reconnaissances of enemy posts under heavy artillery and machine-gun fire, and even when severely wounded sent in a report of the situation.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 219
Date: 20 December 1917

Bar to Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty while in charge of a 'mopping up' party, when he led his men through a terrific machine gun barrage. After clearing the cellars and horses of the enemy and despatching prisoners to the rear, he was almost cut off, but extricated his party with great dexterity. The thoroughness with which he executed his task in the face of heavy odds was magnificent and his courage a great inspiration to the men under his command.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

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

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