Charles Edward Murray PUCKLE


PUCKLE, Charles Edward Murray

Service Number: 818
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Second Lieutenant
Last Unit: 11th Infantry Battalion
Born: Melbourne, Vic., 1887
Home Town: Mullewa, Mullewa, Western Australia
Schooling: Melbourne C of E Grammar School; Hawkesbury Agricultural College
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Killed in action, Gallipoli, 3 August 1915
Cemetery: Shell Green Cemetery
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Memorials: MCC Roll of Honour 1914 - 1918 - Melbourne Cricket Club, Melbourne Grammar School WW1 Fallen Honour Roll, Richmond University of Western Sydney WW1 Memorial, Toorak St. John's Anglican Church Memorial Window 2
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World War 1 Service

2 Nov 1914: Involvement Private, SN 818, 11th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
2 Nov 1914: Embarked Private, SN 818, 11th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ascanius, Fremantle
3 Aug 1915: Involvement Second Lieutenant, 11th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli

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Biography contributed by Sharyn Roberts

CHARLES EDWARD MURRAY PUCKLE who was killed at Anzac on 3rd August 1915 was the son of the late Mr. C. Murray Puckle. He was born in 1887 and entered the Preparatory School in 1898 and came on to the Senior School in 1900. He left in 1904 and, having studied at Hawkesbury Agricultural College, went in for a country life.

He was farming at Kockatea, Mullewa, W.A., in partnership with A. C. Russell. As soon as war was declared he enlisted ; in fact, his was the third name registered in Western Australia. He went off as a Private in the 11th Battalion.

After some months in Egypt in camp he was one of the landing party on that memorable 25th April which took the heights of Gaba Tepe. He was wounded and sent back to Heliopolis.

In hospital there he was under the care of Claude Morlet
(No. 3113 on the School Roll), and returned to the front on 11th June-three weeks earlier than regulations allowed ; but he was eager to get back. He was then Corporal, but on 1st July 1915 he was granted his commission. For gallant and good work performed on the night of 31st July-1st August 1915 in connection with the
taking of a Turkish trench, be was Mentioned in Sir W. R. Birdwood's Orders of 7th August 1915.