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Charles HARRIS

Regimental number3306
Place of birthTenterfield New South Wales
OccupationKangaroo shooter
AddressMackay, Queensland
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation41
Next of kinWife, Mrs Kate Harris, Sydney Street, Mackay, Queensland
Enlistment date5 March 1917
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name41st Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/58/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 14 June 1917
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll41st Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 9 October 1918

FateReturned to Australia 22 July 1919

Military Medal

'On 29th September, 1918, during operations South of BONY, Lance Corporal HARRIS with two other men were working up an enemy trench in the Hindenburg Line. During the advance of the Company they came under heavy machine gun fire and whilst taking shelter a party of the enemy rushed them and commenced bombing our troops. Lance Corporal HARRIS immediately left his shelter and faced the enemy throwing bombs and driving them back along the trench, he then picked up a Lewis Gun and rushed down the trench towards the enemy and succeeded in killing the crew of a machine gun which was causing a lot of trouble.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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