Charles Frederick PRATT

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PRATT, Charles Frederick

Service Number: 1170
Enlisted: 15 September 1914, Rockhampton, Queensland
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 9th Infantry Battalion
Born: Bleasby, Nottinghamshire, England, 1894
Home Town: Warren, Rockhampton, Queensland
Schooling: Southwell Grammar School and Gatton College
Occupation: Agricultural student/Farm hand
Died: Killed in Action, Gallipoli, 28 June 1915
Cemetery: Shell Green Cemetery
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Gatton Agricultural College HR
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World War 1 Service

15 Sep 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1170, Rockhampton, Queensland
22 Dec 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1170, 9th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
22 Dec 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 1170, 9th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Themistocles, Melbourne
25 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1170, 9th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli

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Biography

Charles Frederick was born in Southwell, Bleasby, Nottinghamshire, youngest son of Frederick Pratt (proprietor of the Red Lion Hotel, Grimsby and the Dolphin Hotel, Cleethorpes) and his wife Edith Annie (nee Buck).

Aged 16, Charles emmigrated to Australia, leaving Liverpool on the ship Dorset on 7 October, 1910, he arrived in Sydney 29 November, 1910, but then remained on the ship, disembarking in Brisbane. Charles was later joined by his older brother, Albert Cyril.

Charles was intent on becoming a farmer and both brothers enrolled at Gatton Agricultural College, Queensland.  In 1913 Charles' name appears in the published results for Gatton College, having passed all of his "Milk and Cream" tests. He also received his engine driver certificate from the College in the same year.

With the advent of the First World War, Charles enlisted at Rockhampton, Qld in 1914 and was assigned to the 9th Battalion.  On 22 December, 1914, he departed for the front on the ship Themistocles, with the 9th Battalion 1st Reinforcements.  Arriving at Mena, Egypt in early 1915, final training occurred.  Charles was with the 9th Battalion on 25 April at the Gallipoli landing - his unit was one of the first to be landed on the beach.  

Charles was killed in action at Gaba Tepe, Gallipoli on 28 June 1915. He is remembered by his Australian family, descendents of his brother, my grandfather. - Gloria Wallace

"ROLL OF HONOUR.  PRATT.- On June 28, killed in action at the Dardanelles, Charles F. Pratt, 9th Battalion, born Lincolnshire England and ex-student of Gatton College." - from the Brisbane Courier 09 Aug 1915 (nla.gov.au)

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