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Charles Henry AKERS

Regimental number3227
Place of birthTarnagulla, Victoria
ReligionMethodist
OccupationButcher
AddressWindsor, Victoria
Marital statusWidower
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinMother, Mrs M A Akers, 3 Elm Grove, Windsor, Victoria
Enlistment date23 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll15 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name5th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/22/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A71 Nestor on 11 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollBSM
Unit from Nominal Roll12th Field Artillery Brigade
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal (Altered to Distinguished Conduct Medal)


Recommendation date: 2 May 1917

FateReturned to Australia 10 September 1917
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. An ammunition dump and gun camouflage were set on fire by hostile shell fire. With the assistance of another officer he at once rushed to the gun and removed the burning camouflage, and then, although shells were bursting close by, succeeded in putting out the fire in the ammunition dump.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 189
Date: 8 November 1917

Date of death15 August 1953
Place of burialSpringvale Cemetery

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