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William Spencer CHARLES

Regimental number3773
Place of birthRichmond, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
AddressSpit Junction, Mosman, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation33
Height5' 4.5"
Weight105 lbs
Next of kinFather, W. Charles, 237 Ascotvale Road, Ascotvale, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil (previously rejected for military service due to a deficient chest measurement)
Enlistment date29 September 1915
Place of enlistmentHolsworthy, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name20th Battalion, 9th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/37/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A54 Runic on 20 January 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll59th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularEnlisted, 29 September 1915 - 20th Bn 9th Reinforcement; taken on strength, 56th Bn, 3 April 1916; 59th Bn, 18 May 1916.
FateKilled in Action 16 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFromelles, France
Age at death34
Place of burialRation Farm Military Cemetery (Plot VI, Row F, Grave No. 49), La Chapelle d'Armentieres, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 20 January 1916; disembarked Alexandria, 26 February 1916, and marched into Zeitoun Camp the same day.

Transferred to 56th Bn, 3 April 1916; taken on strength of 56th Bn, Ferry Post, 3 April 1916.

Transferred to 59th Bn, 18 May 1916; taken on strength of 59th Bn, Ferry Post, 18 May 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Posted missing 19 July 1916.

Now, 4 August 1916, to be reported as 'Killed in Action, 19 July 1916'.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, CHARLES William Spencer
Red Cross file 720605

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