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Charles Albert STOKES

Regimental number2253
Place of birthBallarat Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationHorse driver
Address193 York Street, Subiaco, Western Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation30
Next of kinWife, Mrs Ellen Annie Stokes, 193 York Street, Subiaco, Western Australia
Enlistment date5 March 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll27 March 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name51st Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/68/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A28 Miltiades on 9 August 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll51st Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 21 March 1919

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. Sergeant Stokes led a section of bombers, against some machine gun positions, which were holding up the advance of the flank of his company. All the section except himself became casualties; but two of the guns were put out of action, and their detachment killed, and then Sergeant Stokes attacked the remaining gun single handed, and captured it killing or wounding all the crew. During all this time he was under machine gun fire of great severity. On returning to his platoon, he found his commander had become a casualty and he at once took command, and led the men forward. His very gallant behaviour and coolness under fire of the heaviest description were an example worthy of the highest praise.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

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