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Charles Owen OAKHILL

Regimental number469
Place of birthWoodford Queensland
ReligionChurch of England
AddressToogoolawah, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinMother, Mrs M H Oakhill, Toogoolawah, Queensland
Enlistment date8 July 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameMachine Gun Company 3, Reinforcement 7
AWM Embarkation Roll number24/8/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 25 October 1916
Regimental number from Nominal Roll469D
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Machine Gun Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 22 August 1919

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty near SAILLY LE SEC near ALBERT, on the night of 8th/9th May, 1918. When one of aration carrying party he went forward to reconnoitre the way and ran into a Boche patrol of seven men, who took him prisoner. Realising that he was hopelessly outmatched he acted in a friendly manner and stressed upon the patrol leader the rum which he was carrying. This they immediately drank and soon afterwards admitted to him that they were not sure of the direction of their own lines. Private OAKHILL said he knew the way and volunteered to guide them. He led them back about 700 yards to our own lines where they were met by one of our patrols. His coolness and initiative resulted in the killing of four Huns, and the capture of the remainder, also a machine gun.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

Family/military connectionsBrother: 21386 Driver Henry Clarence OAKHILL, 12th Field Artillery Brigade, returned to Australia, 12 May 1919.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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