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Charles Rutherford CANT

Regimental number2590
Place of birthWindsor, Victoria
SchoolState School No. 3016, Toorak, Victoria
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationClerk
AddressPretoria Street, Deepdene, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 8.75"
Weight154 lbs
Next of kinFather, C Cant, Pretoria Street, Deepdene, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date17 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll2 August 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name23rd Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/40/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 27 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll59th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFleurbaix, France
Age at death23.7
Age at death from cemetery records23
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 16), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
167
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Charles and Jessie CANT, 13 Tivoli Road, South Yarra, Victoria
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Allotted to, and proceeded to 58th Bn from 6th Training Bn, Zeitoun, 23 February 1916; taken on strength of 58th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 23 February 1916.

Transferred to 59th Bn, 15 March 1916; taken on strength of 59th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 15 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Posted missing, 19 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 29 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 19 July 1916'.

Note on B.103, 'presumed buried in No Man's Land at 5J9043 to 5K0251 (Sheet Hazebrouck 5a).

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, CANT Charles Rutherford
Red Cross file 681109

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