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Charles Harold HOWDEN

Regimental number1452
Place of birthPreston, Victoria
SchoolNorthcote School, Melbourne, Victoria
Other trainingGeneral business training in Victoria, New Zealand and New South Wales.
OccupationDental demonstrator
Address55 Cunningham Street, South Northcote, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinMother, Mrs C A Howden, 55 Cunningham Street, South Northcote, Victoria
Enlistment date22 December 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll22 December 1914
Rank on enlistmentCorporal
Unit name13th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/30/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A49 Seang Choon on 11 February 1915
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollMajor
Unit from Nominal Roll48th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross

Recommendation date: 10 August 1916

Other details from Roll of Honour Circular"He enlisted as a private in December, 1914 and embarked as a corporal in February, 1915. He was promoted to the position of Major in February, 1917. He was awarded a Military Cross and Bar." Details from Mother.
FateDied of wounds 5 July 1917
Place of death or woundingFrance
Age at death27
Age at death from cemetery records27
Place of burialTrois-Arbres Cemetery (Plot I, Row U, Grave No. 17), Steenwerck, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Charles and Lily HOWDEN, "Northcote", The Crescent, Vaucluse, New South Wales. Native of Preston, Victoria

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry. When holding an isolated position in the front line, during a heavy bombardment, the enemy attacked. But he had so strengthened his position, that he succeeded in repulsing the attack, and in holding his own, in spite of incessant shell fire.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62
Date: 19 April 1917

Bar to Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He organized and carried out two successcul attacks under the most difficult conditions, thereby capturing 500 yards of the enemy's trenches and sixty prisoners. He set a splendid example throughout.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 133
Date: 21 August 1917

Other detailsMedals: Military Cross and Bar, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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