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Charles FORTESCUE

Date of birth18 May 1893
Place of birthToowoomba, Queensland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationJeweller
AddressArthur Street, Toowoomba, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, Mr C Fortescue, Arthur Street, Toowoomba, Queensland
Enlistment date4 September 1914
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit name9th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/26/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board Transport A5 Omrah on 24 September 1914
Rank from Nominal RollMajor
Unit from Nominal Roll9th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 29890 (2 January 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 103 (29 June 1917).

FateReturned to Australia 8 October 1918
Medals

Military Cross

'From 25th to 29th April 1915, during operations near Gaba Tepe, for conspicuous gallantry. He twice led charges against the enemy and rendered good service in collecting reinforcements and organising stragglers.'
Source: 'London Gazette' No. 6539
Date: 3 July 1915

Distinguished Service Order

'For conspicuous gallantry in action. He commanded his company with the greatest courage and skill. Later,although wounded, he reatly assisted in defeating several enemy counter attacks. He showed a splendid example of coolness and initiative to his men.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62
Date: 19 April 1917

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