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Charles MASSA

Regimental number10635
Place of birthLopez Argentina
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationMiner
AddressIda H Mine, via Laverton, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinFather, J Massa, Peninsula Road, Maylands, Western Australia
Enlistment date2 November 1915
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 8, Battery 29
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/36/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A7 Medic on 20 May 1916
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 8 September 1918

FateNo details of fate entered on Nominal Roll
Medals

Military Medal

'For gallantry in action on August 30th 1918, near CLERY on the SOMME, when their battery was being heavily shelled and the ammunition dump in rear of No. 3 gun was struck by a shell exploding the ammunition and igniting the camouflage on the gun. These two men [MASSA and 33453 W.H. IRWIN], at grave personal risk, ran to the gun and extinguished the burning ammunition and camouflage, thus preventing further damage to ordnance and material. By their fine work they set an excellent example to the remainder of the battery.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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