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Regimental number6878A
Place of birthLakes Entrance, Victoria
SchoolKalimna State School, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
AddressLakes Entrance, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18.3
Height5' 6.5"
Weight115 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs A. Sandford, Lakes Entrance, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date27 March 1917
Place of enlistmentSale, Victoria
Unit name24th Battalion, 20th Reinforcements
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A71 Nestor on 21 November 1917
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll24th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularMother stated son's occupation as 'fisherman'.
FateDied of wounds 15 June 1918
Place of burialVignacourt British Cemetery (Plot III, Row E, Grave No 2), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John and Agnes Sandford, Lakes Entrance, Victoria
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 21 November 1917; disembarked Suez, 15 December 1917.

Embarked Alexandria, 8 January 1918; disembarked Taranto, Italy, 13 January 1918.

Admitted to hospital, Cherbourg, France, 22 January 1918 (no further details recorded).

Proceeded to England (date not recorded), and marched in to 6th Training Bn, Fovant, 13 February 1918; allotted letter 'A' to Regimental Number owing to duplication.

Admitted to Group Hospital, Fovant, 26 April 1918; marched in to Command Depot, Hurdcott, from hospital, 16 May 1918.

Proceeded overseas to France, 20 May 1918; taken on strength, 24th Bn, in the field, 28 May 1918.

Wounded in action, 15 June 1918 (shell wound, back, buttock, abdomen); admitted same day to 5th Australian Field Ambulance, and then transferred to 20th Casualty Clearing Station.

Died of wounds, 11 pm, 15 June 1918.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, SANDFORD Charles

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