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Charles READ

Regimental number7958
Place of birthLondon England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationTeamster
AddressLondon, England (particulars unknown)
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation39
Next of kinBrother, Albert John Read, London, England (particulars unknown)
Enlistment date8 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentSergeant
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 6, Battery 16
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/34/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A34 Persic on 22 November 1915
Regimental number from Nominal Roll7985
Rank from Nominal RollBSM
Unit from Nominal Roll6th Field Artillery Brigade
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Bronze Medal for Military Valour (Italy)


'This officer has shown great gallantry in carrying out his duties under fire, and in rescuing wounded.'

Distinguished Conduct Medal


Recommendation date: 2 November 1917

MSM


Recommendation date: 5 March 1918

FateReturned to Australia 20 May 1919
Medals

Meritorious Service Medal

'Period 22nd September, 1917, to 24th February, 1918. At the heavy fighting of HOOGE and PASSCHENDAELE he was constantly in charge of ammunition carrying parties packing to the Battery position and displayed marked courage and ability to lead frequently succeeding in getting ammunition to the pits under the greatest difficulties. He was for some timein sole charge of the wagon lines owing to the shortage of Officers,. Warrant Officer READ managed his ammunition supply excellently and on several occasions brought his teams through extraordinary shelling at night.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 110
Date: 25 July 1918

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