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Charles William MASON

Regimental number5057
Place of birthMarchington England
ReligionChurch of England
AddressLismore, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFather, John Mason, Marchington, Staffordshire, England
Enlistment date27 October 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name31st Battalion, 14th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/48/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 14 June 1917
Rank from Nominal Roll2nd Corporal
Unit from Nominal RollAustralian Army Pay Corps
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

'Work near Hamel on 8 August 1918.'
Recommendation date: 15 August 1918

FateEffective abroad (still overseas)
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in New South Wales Garden of Remembrance

Military Medal

'On 8th August, 1918, during the attack on the enemy's positions east of HAMEL, Private MASON was a member of the intelligence section which went forward with the advancing waves to secure papers from enemy dugouts and early identification of the enemy. Although wounded early in the advance he persevered in his task and successfully reached the Green Line capturing a number of valuable documents. In spite of heavy enemy fire he made a successful reconnaissance of the position and returned to his Battalion Commander with a disposition map of the units of the Battalion which was of great value at the time. Throughout the operation he displayed great bravery and initiative and set an excellent example to his comrades.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death30 June 1971

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