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Charles Joseph CLIFFORD

Regimental number458
Date of birth--/07/1888
Place of birthPenola, South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
AddressClark Street, Penola, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinFather, James Clifford, Clark Street, Penola, South Australia
Enlistment date14 December 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll15 December 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name11th Light Horse Regiment, C Squadron
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/16/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A7 Medic on 2 June 1915
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll11th Light Horse Regiment

2nd Lieutenant

Unit: 11th Light Horse Regiment
Promotion date: 27 July 1916


Unit: 11th Light Horse Regiment
Promotion date: 4 January 1917

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross

Recommendation date: 14 January 1918

Military Cross

Awarded New Year's Honoura List 1919.
Recommendation date: 29 April 1918

Military Cross

List 399 of 29 December 1918 (Bar to Military Cross).
Recommendation date: 25 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 20 July 1919

Military Cross

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61

Bar to Military Cross

'At Semakh, on the 25th September 1918, he galloped forward with the first wave, and charged through the line of machine guns. He then collected seven men under a withering fire, and led them across to attack a field gun and a machine gun which were firing into our men from the right. Although he had his sword broken and his right hand wounded, he attacked four enemy with his revolver in the left hand, killing one and taking three prisoners. After handing these three prisoners over, he captured four more prisoners. He set a fine example of daring and fearlessness.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 10
Date: 29 January 1920

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

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