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Charles Michael TAYLOR

Regimental number1200
Date of birth--/04/1889
Place of birthMelbourne, Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationCivil servant
Address15 Woodville Street, North Perth, Western Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation26
Height5' 5.25"
Weight127 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs G Taylor, 15 Woodville Street, North Perth, Western Australia
Previous military serviceServed for 3 years in the 11th Infantry Regiment, Citizen Military Forces; resigned.
Enlistment date26 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll21 July 1915
Place of enlistmentPerth, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentCorporal
Unit name32nd Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A2 Geelong on 18 November 1915
The 32nd Bn (Headquarters, Signallers, A, B, C, and D Companies) embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on two ships, HMAT A2 'Geelong', on 18 November 1915, and HMAT A13 'Katuna', on 24 November 1915. The Embarkation Roll does not distinguish between these ships, and it is therefore not possible from the Embarkation Roll to ascertain on which ship an individual embarked.
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion

2nd Lieutenant

Unit: 32nd Battalion
Promotion date: 23 August 1916


Unit: 32nd Battalion
Promotion date: 16 December 1916

FateReturned to Australia 8 May 1919

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in command of the left team in a raid by his battalion. With 20 other ranks he entered the enemy's trenches, rushed a machine gun before it could open on them, killed the gun team, and captured the gun. He then led his party through an enemy trench, killed more of the enemy, and secured a prisoner. All this time he maintained liaison with the right team, and finally brought his party back to the lines in perfect order. He showed fine courage and ability to command.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 12 February 1919

Discharge date14 August 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Adelaide, 18 November 1915; disembarked Suez, 18 December 1915.

Promoted Sergeant, Ferry Post, 26 May 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 17 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

On Command, School of Instruction, Tereghen, 8 July 1916.

Wounded in action, 19 July 1916 (gun shot wound, scalp and arm), and admitted to 15th Field Ambulance; transferred to 2nd Australian Casualty Clearing Station, 20 July 1916; to 8th Stationary Hospital, Wimereux, 20 July 1916; to No 1 Convalescent Depot, Boulogne, 21 July 1916; to 5th Australian Division Base Depot, Etaples, 24 July 1916; rejoined Bn, in the field, 15 August 1916.

Appointed 2nd Lieutenant, 23 August 1916.

Appointed Grenadier Officer, 1 September 1916.

Admitted to 36th Casualty Clearing Station, 1 December 1916 (contusion, right foot; trench foot, left foot); transferred to 8th General Hospital, Rouen, 3 December 1916; to England, 6 December 1916, and admitted to 3rd London General Hospital, Wandsworth, 7 December 1916 (trench foot: slight); marched in to No 1 Command Depot, 3 March 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 1 April 1917; rejoined Bn, in the field, 9 April 1917.

Promoted Lieutenant, 16 December 1916.

Admitted to hospital, 22 July 1917 (tonsilitis); transferred to Ambulance Train No 11, 27 July 1917, and admitted to 8th General Hospital, Rouen, 28 July 1917; appointed Bombing Officer, 29 July 1917; transferred to England, 5 August 1917, and admitted to 3rd London General Hospital, Wandsworth, 7 August 1917; transferred to Cobham Hall Convalescent Hospital, 13 September 1917; discharged to No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 18 October 1917.

Attached for duty to Engineers Training Depot, Sheffield, 17 October 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 12 April 1918; rejoined Bn, in the field, 29 April 1918.

Awarded Military Cross.

Detached to Officers' Rest House, Paris, 25 October 1918; rejoined Bn, 31 October 1918.

Marched out to England for return to Australia, 14 March 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Devanha', 8 May 1919; disembarked Fremantle, 14 June 1919; appointment terminated (discharged), Perth, 14 August 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death25 June 1933
Age at death34
SourcesNAA: B2455, TAYLOR Charles Michael

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