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Charles Thomas COLLETT

Regimental number3210
Date of birth1897
Place of birthBenambra, Victoria
AddressWee Waa, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinFather, William Collett, Wee Waa, New South Wales
Enlistment date17 March 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll17 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name29th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/46/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A35 Berrima on 4 July 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll58th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 20 June 1919

Military Medal

'At MORLANCOURT on night 28/29th July 1918. Conspicuous gallantry and skilful leadership. This N.C.O. led his Section with great determination and dash overcoming all enemy resistance until final objective was reached. He then pushed forward and established an advanced post, digging in under extremely heavy shell and Machine Gun fire. He personally maintained touch with his flanks at this stage. When it was found necessary to withdraw this post a little, owing to its being too close to our standing barrage, and while superintending the withdrawal, a small counter-attacking party approached. Corporal COLLETT, single-handed, broke up this party with bayonet and bombs and although wounded remained on duty. This N.C.O. proved himself a gallant and skilful leader and set a splendid example to the men of his Section.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 36
Date: 14 March 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Awarded the French Legion of Honour, 1998.
Date of death27 October 1998
Age at death101
Place of burialNorthern Suburbs Cemetery, Sydney, New South Wales
SourcesObituary, 'Sydney Morning Herald', 29 October 1998

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