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Charles YOU

Regimental number4632
Place of birthPerth, Western Australia
SchoolState School, Western Australia
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationCarter
Address77 Melbourne Road, Perth, Western Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 5.25"
Weight166 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Eva Edith You, 83 Melbourne Road, Perth, Western Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date26 October 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll28 September 1915
Place of enlistmentPerth, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name11th Battalion, 14th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/28/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A28 Miltiades on 12 February 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll11th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 22 July 1916
Place of death or woundingPozieres, France
Age at death25
Age at death from cemetery records25
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsAustralian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France

Villers-Bretonneux is a village about 15 km east of Amiens. The Memorial stands on the high ground ('Hill 104') behind the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, Fouilloy, which is about 2 km north of Villers-Bretonneux on the east side of the road to Fouilloy.

The Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux is approached through the Military Cemetery, at the end of which is an open grass lawn which leads into a three-sided court. The two pavilions on the left and right are linked by the north and south walls to the back (east) wall, from which rises the focal point of the Memorial, a 105 foot tall tower, of fine ashlar. A staircase leads to an observation platform, 64 feet above the ground, from which further staircases lead to an observation room. This room contains a circular stone tablet with bronze pointers indicating the Somme villages whose names have become synonymous with battles of the Great War; other battle fields in France and Belgium in which Australians fought; and far beyond, Gallipoli and Canberra.

On the three walls, which are faced with Portland stone, are the names of 10,885 Australians who were killed in France and who have no known grave. The 'blocking course' above them bears the names of the Australian Battle Honours.

After the war an appeal in Australia raised £22,700, of which £12,500 came from Victorian school children, with the request that the majority of the funds be used to build a new school in Villers-Bretonneux. The boys' school opened in May 1927, and contains an inscription stating that the school was the gift of Victorian schoolchildren, twelve hundred of whose fathers are buried in the Villers-Bretonneux cemetery, with the names of many more recorded on the Memorial. Villers-Bretonneux is now twinned with Robinvale, Victoria, which has in its main square a memorial to the links between the two towns.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
64
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Charles and Elizabeth YOU; Wife: Eva YOU
Family/military connectionsBrother-in-law: Arthur HUDSON, killed in action, 28 April 1918 [these details do not match any name on the Roll of Honour].
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Fremantle, 12 February 1916; disembarked Suez, 10 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 29 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 4 April 1916.

Joined Base Depot, Etaples, 8 April 1916.

Admitted to 26th General Hospital, Etaples, 24 April 1916; discharged to duty, 1 May 1916.

Joined 11th Bn, in the field, 25 May 1916.

Killed in action, 22-25 July 1916.

File (p.10) marked (in red) 'Buried'.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsWife's address (1923), Court House Hotel, Oxford Street, Sydney, New South Wales; and then (undated) 'Mayville', Brighton Avenue, Croydon Park, Sydney, New South Wales.
SourcesNAA: B2455, YOU Charles

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