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Charles Francois DUCHATEL

Regimental number72
Date of birth--/09/1892
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationSurveyors Assistant
AddressBathurst, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinMother, Mrs C F Duchatel, Bathurst, New South Wales
Enlistment date17 September 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name5th Light Horse Regiment, Machine Gun Section
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/10/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board TRANSPORT A34 Persic on 21 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollMajor
Unit from Nominal Roll49th Battalion

2nd Lieutenant

Unit: 13th INF Bde MG Coy
Promotion date: 5 April 1916


Unit: INF49 MGO
Promotion date: 8 July 1916


Unit: INF49 MGO
Promotion date: 1 November 1916


Unit: 4 MG Btn
Promotion date: 4 November 1918

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette, second Supplement, No. 30107 (1 June 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette No. 169 (4 October 1917).

FateReturned to Australia 12 May 1919

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. At a critical moment he reconnoitered a gap between two brigades and constructed a strong post. Afterwards he laid the jumping-off tape for our attack under heavy machine gun and shell fire, thus enabling the infantry to move forward to the objective. Throughout the whole engagement he displayed utter disregard for personal danger, setting a splendid example to all by his cheerfulness and fearless conduct.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 219
Date: 20 December 1917

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

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