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Charles David AUSTIN

Regimental number1637
Place of birthSouth Norwood, London SE, England
SchoolSummer Rd School, Peakham, London, England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationGroom
Address37 Stanton Street, Packham, London, England
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation31
Height5' 9"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinFather, John Austin, 37 Stanton Street, Packham, London, England
Previous military serviceServed in 4th Royal Irish Dragon Guards. Served 5 years in India and 5 years in South Africa.
Enlistment date6 August 1915
Place of enlistmentWarwick Farm, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name12th Light Horse Regiment, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/17/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT RMS Moldavia on 2 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Light Horse Brigade Headquarters
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Companion of the Distinguished Service Order


Killed in Action
Recommendation date: 6 August 1915

FateKilled in Action 17 April 1917
Place of death or woundingSouth East of Gaza in Palestine
Age at death36
Place of burialBeersheba War Cemetery (Row Q, Grave 63), Palestine
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
3
Other details

War service: Egypt, Palestine

To be acting Corporal, 1 December 1915.

Admitted to No 1 Australian General Hospital, Heliopolis, 23 February 1916 (varicose veins); transferred to No 1 Auxiliary Hospital, 23 February 1916; to Convalescent Depot, Helouan, 28 February 1916; discharged to unit, 14 March 1916.

Taken on strength, 2nd Light Horse Training Regiment, Tel-el-Kebir, 6 April 1916.

Attached to Military Police, 27 July 1916; taken on strength, Military Police Headquarters, Moascar, 27 July 1916.

Transferred to Anzac Provost Corps, Moascar, 21 November 1916; taken on strength, 21 November 1916.

Transferred to Heliopolis Detachment, 9 January 1917.

Reported to and attached for police duty with 2nd Light Horse Brigade Headquarters, Sheil Zowait, 15 February 1917.

Killed in action, on bank of Wadi Ghazzeh, Shellal, Sinai Peninsula, 17 April 1917.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, AUSTIN Charles David

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