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Charles James FARNINGTON

Regimental number5788
Place of birthRichmond Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinMother, Mrs C E Farnington, 24 Hughes Street, North Carlton, Victoria
Enlistment date20 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll2 April 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name5th Battalion, 17th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/22/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 4 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal

Conspicuousact of gallantry, setting fine example to men, East of Ypres on 20 September 1917.
Recommendation date: 28 September 1917

FateReturned to Australia 19 February 1919

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During the consolidation of a captured position, his company was suffering heavy casualties from a machine gun in a strong point about 100 yards ahead. He went forward, rushed the positiion single handed, and captured the machine gun and nine prisoners. He showed splendid courage and initiative.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

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