Charles Conrad DANK

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DANK, Charles Conrad

Service Number: 320
Enlisted: 13 July 1915, Brisbane, Queensland
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 31st Infantry Battalion
Born: Allora, Queensland , 28 December 1886
Home Town: Clifton, Toowoomba, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Sawmiller
Died: Killed In Action, Fromelles, France , 19 July 1916, aged 29 years
Cemetery: VC Corner Cemetery and Memorial, Fromelles, France
VC Corner Australian Cemetery and Memorial, Fromelles, Lille, Nord Pas de Calais, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Clifton War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

13 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 320, Brisbane, Queensland
9 Nov 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 320, 31st Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
9 Nov 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 320, 31st Infantry Battalion, HMAT Wandilla, Melbourne
19 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 320, 31st Infantry Battalion, Fromelles (Fleurbaix)

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Biography contributed by Georgio Tsipanitis

Charles Conrad Dank was born on December 28th, 1886 in Queensland. There he grew up in his hometown of Clifton, Toowoomba with his mother, Mrs Louisa Dank and went to an unspecified school. Charles became a saw-miller.[1]

Charles was enlisted as a soldier in World War 1 on July 13th, 1915 in Brisbane, Queensland with no previous experience. Weighing in at 166lbs, with a height of 5' 9.5", at 25 years of age Charles Conrad Dank was enlisted as a Private of the 31st infantry battalion under service number 320.

Charles embarked on November 9th, 1915. He left from Melbourne, Victoria aboard the HMAT A62 Wandilla. Two ships sailed from Melbourne carrying men from the 31st Battalion Headquarters on November 5 and 9. Charles arrived in Egypt. He fought alongside many men including his brother, Henry Adam Dank.  A while after that, he embarked from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force on June 16th, 1916. Charles continued to fight until he was transferred to Marseilles on June 23rd, 1916. Not long after, he was reported missing on July 20th, 1916 until it was later determined that he was ‘Killed in Action’ on July 19th, 1916.[2] On the note B103, it is written that he was ‘Buried in the vicinity of Fleurbaix Sh. 36. NW.’ Later on, he was brought in from No Man’s Land and was buried at the VC Corner Cemetery and Memorial in Fromelles, France.[3]



[1] https://rslvirtualwarmemorial.org.au/explore/people/153888
[2] https://www.aif.adfa.edu.au/showPerson?pid=72096
[3] https://rslvirtualwarmemorial.org.au/explore/people/153888

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