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Charles Edward FREE

Regimental number806
Place of birthYarraville Victoria
ReligionMethodist
OccupationPainter
Address33 Grey Street, Yarraville, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinMrs L Free, 33 Grey Street, Yarraville, Victoria
Enlistment date25 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name5th Battalion, G Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/22/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A3 Orvieto on 21 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll58th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal


Recommendation date: 20 September 1917

FateReturned to Australia 9 December 1918
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty and consistent good work. He showed splendid courage and initiative in an attack. On many occasions he displayed great coolness and resource, and proved himself an excellent leader.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 137
Date: 30 August 1918

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