Charles Thomas HOLMES

Regimental number2195
Place of birthSomerset England
OccupationFarm hand
AddressMinlaton, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinFather, Mr George Holmes, St Mawer, Falmouth, Cornwall, England
Enlistment date11 May 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name50th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/67/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A70 Ballarat on 12 August 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll50th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Work near Bray-sur-Somme on 10-11 August 1918.
Recommendation date: 23 August 1918

FateReturned to Australia 24 July 1919

Military Medal

'On the night of 10th/11th August, 1918 during Lt-Col. an advance towards BRAY-Sur-Somme this man, who is a stretcher bearer, was conspicuous for his gallantry and energy in attending to the wounded under close range machine gun fire. he not only carried out his duties efficiently but his coolness under fire inspired other men about him. Again on the 13th August under very heavy shelling he spent half an hour in an exposed position digging out a man who had been buried by the explosion of a shell.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death27 August 1969
Age at death79
Place of burialGawler Cemetery, South Australia