Charles Ernest BAGOT


BAGOT, Charles Ernest

Service Number: 263
Enlisted: 24 August 1914, Morphettville, South Australia
Last Rank: Trooper
Last Unit: 3rd Light Horse Regiment
Born: Oodnadatta, South Australia, 26 December 1893
Home Town: Adelaide, South Australia
Schooling: St Peter's College & Engineering School of University of Adelaide
Occupation: Student
Died: Died of wounds, Gallipoli (HS Neuralia), , 9 November 1915, aged 21 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Buried at sea,
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Adelaide University of Adelaide WW1 Honour Roll, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Hackney St Peter's College Fallen Honour Board, Lone Pine Memorial to the Missing, Oodnadatta Old Scholars Honour Roll, Roseworthy Agricultural College Roll of Honour, St Peters All Souls Anglican Church Honour Board WW1, St Peters All Souls Anglican Church Stained Glass Window 'Jonathan', St Peters Heroes War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

24 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 263, Morphettville, South Australia
22 Oct 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 263, 3rd Light Horse Regiment, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
22 Oct 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 263, 3rd Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Port Lincoln, Adelaide
9 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Trooper, SN 263, 3rd Light Horse Regiment, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
9 Nov 1915: Wounded AIF WW1, Trooper, SN 263, 3rd Light Horse Regiment, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli, GSW (abdomen)

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Charles Ernest Bagot of College Park, Adelaide was born in the outback town of Oodnadatta, South Australia in 1893 and lived there until he entered the Collegiate School of St Peter at 14 years of age. While at the School, he achieved an excellent academic and sporting record and served in the cadet unit. He played inter-collegiate football in 1912 and 1913, intercollegiate sports in 1913 and was a School Captain that year.
His teachers often said all his efforts were ‘refreshingly keen and thorough’ and this would have carried over to his time spent at Adelaide University where he was studying Engineering.
In 1914, he suspended his studies to enlist and when he did so at Morphettville on 19 August 1914 was posted to B Squadron 3rd Light Horse Regiment.
He sailed from Adelaide with his unit aboard HMAT Port Lincoln on 22 October and following further training in Egypt landed at Anzac with the regiment in May 1915.
In early July, he was admitted to 2nd Stationary Hospital Mudros with influenza but recovered quickly and rejoined the regiment ten days later. In August, he fell ill with diarrhoea and was evacuated to Alexandria aboard the Hospital Ship Gloucester Castle but rejoined B Squadron at Destroyer Hill on 25 October.
By then the Turks had received newly manufactured shells with a more reliable explosive content and made good use of it by shelling the 1st Light Horse Brigade HQ and its regiments at Destroyer Hill.
At approximately 6.45 a.m., on the morning of 9 November, Trooper Bagot was shot in the abdomen and although quickly evacuated to the Hospital Ship Neuralia died that night; he was 21 years of age.
Charles was a cousin to Major James Churchill-Smith MC and bar, 50th Battalion AIF and a second cousin to Lieutenant Maurice John Hervey Bagot R N who was killed in November 1914 while serving aboard HMS Monmouth in the North Sea Battle.
Among the six Old Blues named Bagot who served abroad in the Great War, was Lieutenant Arthur Gerald Bagot, who greatly distinguished himself while serving in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve.
Lieut. Bagot joined the Canadian Motor Boat Patrol. He has been awarded the DSC, and the Albert Medal for bravery. Capt Bagot joined up with the 13th Light Horse in Adelaide. He went through the Gallipoli campaign and later saw service in France, being mentioned in despatches by Sir Douglas Haig.
Having already received the Distinguished Service Cross for raids on enemy ports, in April 1918, Arthur was awarded the Albert Medal for gallantry at sea. When a proposal by the British government to allow surviving Albert and Edward Medal recipients to exchange their awards for the George Cross was approved by the Queen in 1971 Arthur opted to do so; this made him the first of only two Old Blues to receive the George Cross.



The Advertiser, Tuesday 7 December 1915
120th Casualty List

Private Charles Ernest Bagot, who died of wounds on November 9, was the eldest son of the late Mr. Charles Mulcra Bagot and Mrs. Bagot, of Marlborough-street, College Park. He was born in 1893 and lived at Oodnadatta until he was 14 years of age, when he entered St. Peter's College. He passed the junior, senior, and higher public examinations, was captain of the boats in 1912-1913, rowed in the first crew that year and at Henley-on Yarra in 1912, represented St Peter's in the intercollegiate sports in 1913 and in the intercollegiate football match in 1912-1913, as a prefect in 1913, and entered the engineering school at the University of Adelaide in 1914. So soon as war was declared he enlisted He was in the trenches from the beginning of May until August with the exception of a fortnight on sick leave at Lemnos. He was invalided to Egypt in August, but returned to Gallipoli on October 19 (for the third time, and at his own request).

Chronicle Saturday 07 October 1916 page 29

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Born  26 December 1893 in Oodnadatta, South Australia
(SA Birth record 1842 - 1906 Book: 535 Page: 483 District: Fli.)

Father Charles Mulcra BAGOT  (b: 9 Mar 1863 in Beefacres, SA - d. 22/7/1895 Oodnadatta); and
m. 12/4/1893 at Alber E Williams' residence at Oodnadatta, SA.
Mother Ada Annie Bagot (nee Westmacott) (b. 1870 - d. 9/9/1956 Fullarton SA)

Ada remarried to George James Ware (d. 17/6/1948 Adelaide aged 81 yrs)

Twin Sister      Almerta Annie Bagot   (b. 26/12/1893, Oodnadatta - d. ____)
himself           Charles
Brother           George Edgar Bagot  (b. 24/4/1895, Oodnadatta - d. ____)
                      m. 9/10/1928  Emma Isobella Galvin at St Peters College, Hackney, SA

Charles spent majority of his life living at Oodnadatta, until the age of 14 years, when he entered
St Peter's College.  He passed the junior, senior and higher public examinations and was the Captain
of the boats in 1912-13 rowing in the first crew that year; Henley on Yarra in 1912 and represented
St Peter's in the intercollegiate sports in 1913 and intercollegiate football match in 1912-13 - as a
prefect in 1913.   He entered the Engineering School at the University of Adelaide in 1914.

Prior to enlisting Charles lived with his mother at 30 Marlborough Street, College Park, SA.

Described on enlisting as 20 years 8 months old; single; 5' 11 1/2" tall; 168 lbs;
dark complexin; grey eyes; grey/black hair; Anglican/Church of England.

24/8/1914      Enlisted at Morphettville
                     Commanding Officer appointed Chalres to
                     D Squadron, 3rd Light Horse Regiment, Morphettville Camp

22/10/1914    Embarked from Outer Harbour, Port Adelaide on board HMAT Port Lincoln A17
                     as a Private in B Squadron, 3rd Light Horse Regiment

9/5/1915        proceeded to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Forces in GALLIPOLI

Charles was in the trenches from the beginning of May until August, with the exception of a
fortnight on sick leave at Lemnos.

3/7/1915        sick to hospital - influenza - Monash Valley Gallipoli
                     admitted to No.2 Stationary Hospital, Mudros, Greece
17/7/1915      discharged to duty

4/8/1915        sick again to hospital (diarrhoea)

10/8/1915      embarked for Alexandria, Egypt on board Gloucester Castle
                     admitted to No.1 General Hospital - Heliopolos
                     transferred to No.3 Auxillary Hospital - Helipolous

25/10/1915    rejoined unit at Destroyer Hill, Gallipoli

9/11/1915      Gun shot wound to abdomen (serious)
                     - wounded in action at Destroyer Hill, Gallipoli
                      admitted to 13th Casualty Clearing Station, Mudros

9/11/1915       died of these wounds later at sea on board hospital ship HS Neuralia

9/11/1915       Died of wounds received in action at GALLIPOLI
(SA Death record  1916 - 1972, Book : 400, Page 343, District Code : Ade)

buried:            at Sea - off of hospital ship  HS Neuralia
                       6 miles off of Anzac Cove
buried by:        P Stidston

NO known grave.
His name is commemorated on Panel 7 at the Lone Pine Memorial, Gallipoli.

His name is also located at Panel 3 in the Commemorative Area at the Australian War Memorial
Canberra, ACT.

1914-15 Star (3252), British War Medal (2720), Victory Medal (2720)
Memorial Plaque and Memorial Scroll (319197)

Sourced and submitted by Julianne T Ryan.  12/2/2015.  Lest we forget.


Biography contributed

Biography written by Tharun Rameshbabu, University Senior College, SA attached as a document. Winning entry for 2150 Premier's Anzac Spirit School Prize.