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Charles Chandler GAST

Regimental number2909
Place of birthHorsham, Victoria
SchoolState School, Preston, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationBoilermaker's assistant
AddressStafford Street, Midland Junction, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation35
Height5' 3.75"
Weight147 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Harriet Gast, Stafford Street, Midland Junction, Western Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date10 July 1916
Place of enlistmentPerth, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name51st Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/68/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A8 Argyllshire on 9 November 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll51st Battalion
FateDied of wounds 26 April 1918
Place of death or woundingVillers-Bretonneux, France
Age at death37
Age at death from cemetery records37
Place of burialLongpre-les-Corps Saints British Cemetery (Row A, Grave No. 18), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John and Harriet GAST, Clayton Street, Bellevue, Western Australia. Native of Victoria

Croix de Guerre (France)

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 67
Date: 3 June 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Fremantle, 9 November 1916; disembarked Devonport, England, 10 January 1917, and marched in to 13th Training Bn, Codford.

Admitted to Parkhouse Hospital, 21 March 1917; marched in to 13th Training Bn from hospital, 30 March 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 19 April 1917; taken on strength, 51st Bn, in the field, 25 April 1917, and reverted to Private.

Appointed Lance Corporal, 1 October 1917.

On leave to England, 15 February 1918; rejoined Bn from leave, 4 March 1918.

Promoted Corporal, 9 March 1918.

Admitted to 2nd Australian Field Ambulance, 25 March 1918 (injured right foot); transferred to 2nd Casualty Clearing Station, 28 March 1918; discharged to duty, 9 April 1918.

Wounded in action, 24 April 1918 (gun shot wound, thigh); admitted to 2/3 Home Counties Field Ambulance, 25 April 1918; transferred to 55th Casualty Clearing Station, 25 April 1918.

Died of wounds received in action, 26 April 1918.

Awarded Croix de Guerre (France).

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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