Charles Vivian BLANCH MM

BLANCH, Charles Vivian

Service Numbers: 647, 10587
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 3rd Divisional Signal Company
Born: Northcote, Vic., date not yet discovered
Home Town: Northcote, Darebin, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Motor Driver GPO
Memorials: Postmaster General's Department Victoria 1
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World War 1 Service

22 Dec 1914: Involvement Sapper, SN 647, 2nd Divisional Signal Company
22 Dec 1914: Embarked Sapper, SN 647, 2nd Divisional Signal Company, HMAT Borda, Melbourne
25 Nov 1917: Involvement Corporal, SN 10587, 3rd Divisional Signal Company
25 Nov 1917: Embarked Corporal, SN 10587, 3rd Divisional Signal Company, HMAT Ascanius, Melbourne

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during operations against enemy positions south of SOMME east of HAMEL on 8th August, 1918. This N.C.O. was in charge of all lines at Brigade Forward Station. He displayed great ability and determination in maintaining line communications in the Brigade Area both before and after Zero hour, under extremely difficult conditions and heavy shell fire. By his fearless courage and coolness he set a splendid example to those working with him thereby ensuring effective communications throughout. His conduct was very fine.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919