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Place of birthSt Kilda, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
Address'The Moorings', North Road, Elsternwick, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation36
Next of kinWife, Mrs J Churchus, 'The Moorings', North Road, Elsternwick, Victoria
Previous military service7th A F A Brigade; Artillery Citizen Forces
Enlistment date1 April 1916
Rank on enlistmentMajor
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 8, Battery 29
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/36/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A7 Medic on 20 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant-Colonel
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Divisional Artillery
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Companion of the Distinguished Service Order

Recommendation date: 13 May 1917

Military Cross

Recommendation date: 17 May 1917

Companion of the Distinguished Service Order

Recommendation date: 1 October 1917

FateKilled in Action 1 April 1918
Place of death or woundingAmiens, France
Age at death38
Age at death from cemetery records38
Place of burialHeilly Station Cemetery (Plot VII, Row A, Grave No. 26), Mericourt-L'Abbe, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Walter Robert and Mary Anne CHURCHUS, husband of Jean M. CHURCHES, "The Moorings",7 North Road, Elsternwick, Victoria. Native of Melbourne, Victoria

Distinguished Service Order

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 57
Date: 18 April 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Distinguished Service Order, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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