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Charles Venden REES

ReligionChurch of England
Address'Harlech', Victoria Avenue, Chelmer, Queensland
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation28
Next of kinBertha C Rees, 'Harlech', Victoria Avenue, Chelmer, Queensland
Previous military service3rd Battery Australian Field Artillery
Enlistment date20 October 1915
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 4, Battery 12
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/32/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A18 Wiltshire on 18 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Division Artillery
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross

'(Pozieres) On several occasions made reconnaissances and obtained valuable information. From March to present date has shown great devotion to duty and rendered excellent service.'
Recommendation date: 2 October 1916

Military Cross

'Excellent services on reconnaissance work at Pozieres, showing great devotion to duty and obtaining valuable information.'
Recommendation date: 27 September 1916

FateReturned to Australia 5 March 1919

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during a heavy bombardment of his battery position. A gas shell struck the dug-out in which he and two other officers were sleeping. Although badly shaken he at once set to work and extricated the buried officers. During the whole time he was working the position was being heavily shelled with gas shells. His pluck and devotion deserved the greatest praise.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 76
Date: 23 May 1918

Other details

War setvice: Egypt, Western Front

Medals: Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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