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Charles John McDonald CAMPBELL

Regimental number2769
Place of birthCollingwood, Victoria
OccupationEngine driver
AddressNorth Carlton, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinWife, Mrs D M Campbell, 503 Canning Street, North Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria
Enlistment date28 June 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name14th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/31/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board SS Makarini on 15 September 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll14th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal (altered to Military Medal)

Recommendation date: 8 July 1918

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No. 31448 (11 July 1919); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 124 (30 October 1919).
Recommendation date: 16 January 1919

FateReturned to Australia 10 April 1919

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty at VAIRE WOOD, south east of CORBIE on 4th July, 1918. When his Platoon Commander became a casualty Sergeant CAMPBELL at once assumed command and displaying considerable qualities of leadership carried his command to its objective. An enemy post in a communication trench proving troublesome was rushed by the platoon on his right. Seeing the enemy working up the trench this N.C.O. at once led a party with great skill to a point behind them, established a block and cut off 40 of the enemy who soon surrendered. Then bombing forward he cleared the trench and established a post at this point. His courage, initiative and leadership had the greatest effect on his platoon which fought and worked throughout with conspicuous dash.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 12 February 1919

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

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