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Charles Thomas WILTON

Regimental number5691
Place of birthLatrobe Tasmania
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationFarmer
AddressKongwak, South Gippsland, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation30
Next of kinMother, Mrs Sarah Ann Wilton, Kongwak, South Gippsland, Victoria
Enlistment date17 April 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll17 June 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name22nd Battalion, 15th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/39/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A9 Shropshire on 25 September 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll22nd Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 May 1918
Place of burialDive Copse British Cemetery (Plot III, Row D, Grave No. 6), Sailly-Le-Sec, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
98
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry during the attack on the HINDENBURG Line on 3rd May 1917 when he engaged a strongly held part of the line with his gun. he was able thereby to assist a bombing party to capture the enemy post but lost the remainder of the Lewis team in so doing.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 189
Date: 8 November 1917

Bar to Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. At BROODSEINDE on 4th October, 1917, he used his Lewis Gun in firing from the hip with great effect, and inflicted severe casualties on all parties of the enemy. On reaching the objective he salvaged ammunition and kept his gun continually in action against enemy on our own and other sectors. Later, he did splendid work in picking suitable emplacements and engaging enemy posts therefrom and silencing them. Though wounded he insisted in remaining on duty until relief arrived.'

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal and Bar, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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