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Charles Fleming ATHERTON

Regimental number1505
Place of birthDunolly, Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
Address82 Mount Korong Road, Bendigo, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinMother, Mrs Rita Atherton, 82 Mount Korong Road, Bendigo, Victoria
Enlistment date25 November 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name5th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/22/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A54 Runic on 19 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

'Displayed great courage and devotion to duty while in charge of Lewis Gun. (East of Ypres 20-23 September 1917).'
Recommendation date: 29 September 1917

FateReturned to Australia 31 March 1919
Date of death30 June 1920
Age at death from cemetery records25
Place of burialEaglehawk Cemetery (Portion Roman Catholic, at the back row), Victoria
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Listed on Marist Brothers' College Roll of Honour, RSL Musem, Bendigo, Victoria. Mother: Mrs R.A. ATHERTON. Native of Dunolly, Victoria

Military Medal

'During the operations east of YPRES 20/23rd September 1917, L/Cpl ATHERTON was told at rear Camp that he was to remain behind at the wagon lines on account of having sore feet. He asked that he be allowed to go into the front line and was permitted to do so. He limped to the assembly position carrying his Lewis Gun and refused to allow any one to relieve him of it. Through the operation he behaved with great grit and coolness getting well up to our barrage and firing at the retiring enemy from the hip. Though buried twice by shell bursts he always had his gun in perfect order and always had ammunition. He displayed great determination throughout.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Family/military connectionsBrother: 1678 Pte Harold William ATHERTON, 5th Bn, returned to Australia, 9 March 1919.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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