Charles Bute MASSY

MASSY, Charles Bute

Service Number: 402
Enlisted: 29 October 1914
Last Rank: Driver
Last Unit: 5th Light Horse Regiment
Born: Sonoma Station Bowen River, Queensland, Australia, 21 January 1891
Home Town: Bowen, Whitsunday, Queensland
Schooling: Bowen State School and Gatton Agricultural College, Queensland, Australia
Occupation: Stockman
Died: Killed in Action, Palestine, 5 August 1916, aged 25 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Bowen Boys State School Honour Roll, Bowen War Memorial, Gatton Agricultural College HR, Jerusalem Memorial
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World War 1 Service

29 Oct 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Driver, 402, 5th Light Horse Regiment
19 Dec 1914: Involvement Driver, 402, 5th Light Horse Regiment, Battle for Pozières , --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '2' embarkation_place: Sydney embarkation_ship: HMAT Vestalia embarkation_ship_number: A44 public_note: ''
19 Dec 1914: Embarked Driver, 402, 5th Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Vestalia, Sydney

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of John and Annie MASSY (nee Hill Scott), Bowen, Queensland

Mr J. E. Massy, who for four months has been endeavouring to obtain information in regard to his son, Driver C. B. Massy, who was reported as being in the Hospital at Malta, yesterday received the following telegram from the Informmation Bureau, Brisbane:- "A cable received, from Cairo reports that Massy, of the 5th Light Horse, who is now well, embarked at Malta for Egypt on the 26th January.”  

The War in reality, and with its awful horrors, was never more forcibly brought home to us than on Saturday morning last, when the following urgent telegram was received by the Town Clerk, from Major Darcy:—"Killed in  action, fifth August, 402, Driver C. B. Massy, Fifth Light Horse. Please break the news through the Anglican Clergyman to Mr J. E. Massy, Mountain View, Bowen, and convey to him the deep sympathy of the King, Queen and Commonwealth Government in the loss that they and the Army have sustained." Born at Sonoma Station, Bowen River, on Jauuary, 21st, 1891, the deceased soldier met an honourable and noble death, on the Battlefield of Romani, Sanai Peninsula, at the early age of twenty five years. Charles Bute Massy, was the eldest son of Mr J. E. Massy, and grandson of Mrs Hall-Scott, Senr., and but for the three years that he spent at Gatton College, he resided in Bowen and District. Of soldierly instinct he was for some years associated with the Bowen Half Squadron, A.L.H., and, on the news of War in August two years ago, immediately volunteered his services for the front, but then reside at Mt Pleasant, where he had employment, and was unable to enlist until September of the same year when he left for the front. He had a short service in Gallipoli where he was attacked by dysentery and was for five months seriously ill in the hospital at Malta. Although he communicated regularly with his father he of late never disclosed his whereabouts until, on June 21st, when he wrote a lengthy letter and revealed the fact that the Australian Light Horse was in touch with the enemy in the Sinai Peninsula, as to disclose his whereabouts would be evading the censor.