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Charles Egerton YATES

Regimental number2278
Place of birthBerwick Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
Address48 George Street, Kangaroo Point, Brisbane, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinMother, Mrs Jennie Yates, 910 Eyre Street, Ballarat, Victoria
Enlistment date29 March 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll29 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name52nd Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/69/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A42 Boorara on 16 August 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal RollAustralian Corps Signals School
FateReturned to Australia 11 May 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'Whilst his Company was in the line at BROODSEINDE RIDGE and under very trying circumstances, this soldier, whilst as Company Signaller, carried out his work exceptionally well. Nearly all other Signallers had become casualties, killed and wounded and the work which fell on him, entailed great fatigue, and called for courage and gallantry. On the night 17th/18th October, 1917, he exhibited untiring energy and bravery in repairing telephone lines which lay across a very heavily shelled area between Company and Battalion Headquarters - the wires being cut as frequently as 15 times during the night.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death12 March 1973
Place of burialFawkner Cemetery

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