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Charles Blakeley ATKINSON

Regimental number2568
Place of birthClare, South Australia
ReligionMethodist
OccupationFarmer
AddressMylor, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinFather, James William Atkinson, Thornton Street, Dulwich, South Australia
Enlistment date14 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A9 Shropshire on 25 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 22 May 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'While doing a tour of the front line, near SAILLY LAURETTE, with his Company from June 14th to June 20th 1918 Private ATKINSON displayed cheerfulness and devotion to duty in his capacity as company stretcher bearer. With Private CONLON "MM" he carried out between 10 and 12 stretcher cases from the front line, despite the intense machine-gun fire and heavy barrages from enemy artillery. Private ATKINSON'S work has been admired by the officers and men of the company and no corner was too hot for him to proceed to and render assistance to anyone requiring help. His actions throughout. His actions throughout were ............bravery and devotion to duty.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 36
Date: 14 March 1919

Family/military connectionsBrother: 2569 Pte Robert David ATKINSON, 32nd Bn, returned to Australia, 16 March 1919.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death9 January 1950

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