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Charles Thomas BUCKPITT

Regimental number502
Place of birthKing Island, Tasmania
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationCommercial traveller
Address61 Kerferd Road, Albert Park, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation33
Next of kinE Buckpitt, Mercer Street, Newtown, Hobart, Tasmania
Enlistment date17 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name5th Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/22/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A3 Orvieto on 21 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll12th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Work near Proyart 23-26 August 1918.
Recommendation date: 3 September 1918

Other details from Roll of Honour CircularAwarded the Military Medal.
FateReturned to Australia 14 November 1918
Medals

Military Medal

'East of PROYART on 23rd/26th August, 1918, when on account of the faulty cartridge a number 36 rifle grenade fell back in our trench among a party of 5 men, Private BUCKPITT immediately ran to it, picked it up and threw it on to the parapet where it at once explosed. He undoubtedly saved these men's lives by his quick and brave action. Later he took up an exposed position to bettter direct the fire of his rifle grenadiers of whom he took charge.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Family/military connectionsBrother: 99 Pte George Kenney BUCKPITT, 12th Bn, died of wounds, Gallipoli, 5 June 1915.

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