Charles Venden REES MC

REES, Charles Venden

Service Number: Officer
Enlisted: 8 September 1915, Brisbane, Queensland
Last Rank: Captain
Last Unit: 4th Field Artillery Brigade
Born: Melbourne, Victoria, 10 August 1887
Home Town: Chelmer, Brisbane, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Architect
Died: Drowned, Townsville, Queensland, 28 June 1931, aged 43 years
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Corinda Sherwood Shire Roll of Honor
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World War 1 Service

8 Sep 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Brisbane, Queensland
18 Nov 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, SN Officer, 4th Field Artillery Brigade
18 Nov 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, SN Officer, 4th Field Artillery Brigade, HMAT Wiltshire, Melbourne
1 Sep 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Captain, 4th Field Artillery Brigade
23 Jun 1919: Discharged AIF WW1

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

"Lieut. C. V. Rees, M.C.

Many of our readers will be pleased to learn that Lieut. Charles Venden Rees, cousin of Ald. E. R. Laver, and son-in-law of Mr. S. P. Ward, has been awarded the Military Medal. A cable to that effect was received on Wednesday. Lieut. Rees was a resident of Cootamundra for some years, and had charge of the Senior Cadets, many of whom are serving with distinction at the front. He enlisted in the Fifth Brigade of Artillery in Brisbane, during 1915, and, on that body being transferred to Liverpool for further training, proceeded under orders to join the Fourth Brigade in Melbourne, from which city he embarked in November of that year. After a period of further training in Egypt, the Fourth Brigade landed in France during March, 1916, Lieut. Rees being attached to tho 12th Battery, and he has since been in continuous service." - from the Cootamundra Herald 14 Sep 1917 (


TOWNSVILLE, Friday. The sequel to a boating tragedy at Cleveland Bay last week took place in the police court to-day when the name of Charles Venden Rees, on remand, on bail, charged with stealing £102, was called and there was no response. Sub-Inspector Black-morgan, prosecuting, stated that Rees left Magnetic island in a sailing boat on Sunday last for Townsville. On the following morning the boat capsized and was found drifting in the Bay. A search disclosed no sign of Rees. He applied for a remand. The Magistrate (Mr. Cameron) said he could not remand. If the defendant failed to appear the bail would be estreated. The Magistrate thought it preferable that the police offer no evidence and that the case be struck out. On the question of bail estreatment would be held in abeyance. This course was finally adopted." - from the Maryborough Chronicle 04 Jul 1931 (