Charles Robertson WONDERLEY MM

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WONDERLEY, Charles Robertson

Service Number: 7337
Enlisted: 11 March 1916, Toowoomba, Qld.
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 47th Infantry Battalion
Born: Toowoomba, Qld., 5 October 1894
Home Town: Toowoomba, Toowoomba, Queensland
Schooling: University of Queensland
Occupation: Student
Died: Killed In Action, Amiens, France, 5 April 1918, aged 23 years
Cemetery: Dernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension
Sp Memorial 28, Dernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension, Dernancourt, Picardie, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Brisbane St. Andrew's Uniting Church Honour Roll, St Lucia Emmanuel College Dining Room Memorial Plaque, Toowoomba Grammar School WW1 Bravery Deeds, Toowoomba Grammar School WW1 Honour Board, Toowoomba Grammar School WW1 In Memoriam Honour Board, Toowoomba Roll of Honour WW1, Toowoomba St Stephen's Church WWI Memorial Tablet, Toowoomba St. Stephen's Presbyterian Church Roll of Honour, Toowoomba War Memorial (Mothers' Memorial), University of Queensland WW1 Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

11 Mar 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 7337, 9th Infantry Battalion, Toowoomba, Qld.
24 Jan 1917: Involvement Private, SN 7337, 9th Infantry Battalion
24 Jan 1917: Embarked Private, SN 7337, 9th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ayrshire, Sydney
7 Mar 1918: Honoured Military Medal, 'North of POLYGON WOOD on the night 30th September/1st October, 1917. As a scout he repeatedly visited the front line on Sector and also inspected all areas both right ad left checking the lines of enemy barrage and reconnoitring all places possible of access. He acted as guide to the relieving Battalion and reconnoitring parties and had to frequently pass through heavy enemy shelling. His work was most valuable and he was ever ready to do anything required of him.' Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31 Date: 7 March 1918
5 Apr 1918: Involvement Lance Corporal, SN 7337, 47th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of Isabella and the late Robert George WONDERLEY

Military Medal

'North of POLYGON WOOD on the night 30th September/1st October, 1917. As a scout he repeatedly visited the front line on Sector and also inspected all areas both right ad left checking the lines of enemy barrage and reconnoitring all places possible of access. He acted as guide to the relieving Battalion and reconnoitring parties and had to frequently pass through heavy enemy shelling. His work was most valuable and he was ever ready to do anything required of him.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Official advice has been received in Toowoomba that Lance Corporal C. R. Wonderley, only son of the late Robert G. Wonderley and Mrs. Wonderley, Taylor street, Toowoomba has been killed in action in France. He was a nephew of Brigadier-General J. C. Robertson, D.S.O., and only a young man. He had been a brilliant scholar at the Toowoomba Grammar School and was previously wounded in France and awarded the military medal for gallantry in the field. Mrs. Wonderley is a well known official of the Toowoomba soldiers sock and comfort funds.

Of the already many sad announcements of the deaths of Toowoomba boys at the front, comes news of the loss of Lance-Corporal C. R Wonderley, son of the late R. G. Wonderley and of Mrs Wonderley, Taylor-street, Toowoomba. He is also a nephow of Brigadier-General Cam Robertson. He has been at the front some time and was awarded the military medal for gallantry. He was one of the most brilliant scholars of the Toowoomba Grammar School, taking his classical degree and won the most brilliant boy of his year. He was an only son and the sympathy of the community generally will be extended Mrs Wonderley in her great loss. Mrs Wonderley herself has been one of the hardest patriotic workers in Toowoomba, and had already lost a brother, Pte. Gordon Robertson, who was killed at Gallipoli.

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