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Charles Samuel STONEHOUSE

Regimental number6390
Place of birthGarvoc Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFarm hand
AddressGarvoc, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, Henry J Stonehouse, Garvoc PO, Garvoc, Victoria
Enlistment date20 October 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name24th Battalion, 18th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/41/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 23 November 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll24th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 7 July 1919

Military Medal

'During the attack on MT. ST. QUENTIN near PERONNE, on 1st September, 1918, this man did splendid work as a Sniper, and his coolness and courage did much to relieve the situation ever growing more serious. Casualties kept occurring and the enemy's numbers increasing, but STONEHOUSE remained undaunted. At great personal risk, for machine guns played all round him, he continued to fire, and accounted for from 15 to 20 Germans, he so seldom missed his mark that he appeared to demoralise the enemy, and thus did much to cover a temporary withdrawal of his section which was then taking place. Among his victims was a German whom he dropped from a tree, and who had caused our men much trouble.'
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 March 1960
Age at death64
Place of burialTerang Cemetery, Victoria

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