Charles Andrew LA NAUZE


LA NAUZE, Charles Andrew

Service Number: Officer
Enlisted: 25 August 1914
Last Rank: Captain
Last Unit: 11th Infantry Battalion
Born: Mauritius, 16 September 1882
Home Town: Boulder, Kalgoorlie/Boulder, Western Australia
Schooling: Royal College, Mauritius
Occupation: Accountant
Died: Killed in action, Gallipoli, 28 June 1915, aged 32 years
Cemetery: Shell Green Cemetery
Plot II, Row G, Grave 8
Tree Plaque: Not yet discovered
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World War 1 Service

25 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Lieutenant, SN Officer, 11th Infantry Battalion
2 Nov 1914: Involvement Lieutenant, 11th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
2 Nov 1914: Embarked Lieutenant, 11th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ascanius, Fremantle
26 May 1915: Promoted AIF WW1, Captain, 11th Infantry Battalion
28 Jun 1915: Involvement Captain, 11th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Charles Andrew LA NAUZE was born on 16th September, 1882 in Mauritius

His parents were Andrew LA NAUZE and Grace Blanche HODGSON

He arrived in Australia with his parents when he was 16 years old & held a Commission in the Australian Defence Force since 1905

Charles married Lily Rose ATKINS in 1911 in Western Australia and had two children, Andrew & Grace.

He previously served in the 1st Battalion, Victorian Infantry Brigade and the 5th Australian Infantry Regiment (Reserve of Officers) then the Goldfields (later renamed the 84th Infantry) as a Lieutenant, before he enlisted on 25th August, 1914 as a Lieutenant with the 11th Battalion, F Company which embarked from Fremantle, WA on HMAT Ascanius on 2nd November, 1914

Charles was Killed in Action at Gallipoli on 28th June, 1915 and is buried in Shell Green Cemetery - his name is memorialised on the Australian War Memorial.

Inscription on his headstone reads:  "BELOVED"

Medals:  1914-15 Star, British War Medal & Victory Medal


Story from the West Australian Newspaper, Perth 13th July, 1915 page 8



Captain Charles Andrew La Nauze who is reported killed in action , was one of the many goldfields officers who hastened to offer their services when Australia decided to despatch troops to assist the Mother Land.

Born in 1882, he secured a Lieutenancy in the 1st Infantry Battalion (Victoria) just 20 years later and he joined the 5th Australian Infantry Regiment in 1903.  

In 1905 he was transferred to the reserve of officers, but in 1912 he was appointed to a second lieutenancy in the 84th (Goldfields) Infantry regiment and a promotion to the rank of Lieutenant followed a few months later

He joined the 11th Battalion in August last as a Lieutenant and was given charge of a platoon in C Company.  Subsequently after the departure of the force from Western Australia he was promoted to a Captaincy



DEATH  LA NAUZE - Killed in action at the Dardanelles on June 28th, 1915.  Captain Charles Andrew La Nauze, beloved husband of Lily from Boulder, WA ,eldest son of Andrew La Nauze, Melbourne and late of Mauritian Government , and grandson of Major Hodgson of HM 8th Royal Hussars and Major La Nauze of 1st Indian Light Cavalry