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Charles Henry BLYTON

Regimental number1879
Place of birthBuckleys Crossing New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
AddressBega, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFather, William Blyton, 'Fairview', Bega, New South Wales
Previous military service1st Light Horse
Enlistment date22 February 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll21 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name45th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/62/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A69 Warilda on 22 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll45th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 25 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 2 June 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During the advance WEST of BELLENGLISE on the 18th September, 1918 he greatly assisted in rushing a strong enemy post where many prisoners were taken. After putting up a determined fight. he took command of a lewis gun section after the leader became a casualty and handled them skilfully during the remainder of the action. Though buried by a shell and slightly wounded he refused to leave his platoon and continued although suffering considerably.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death18 September 1960
Place of burialMacquarie Park Cemetery

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