Charles Henry MERLEHAN


MERLEHAN, Charles Henry

Service Number: 231
Enlisted: 17 November 1915, Brisbane, Queensland
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 41st Infantry Battalion
Born: Bulimba, Queensland, 14 January 1888
Home Town: Boonah, Scenic Rim, Queensland
Schooling: Lower Coochin State School
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed in Action, Belgium, 3 June 1917, aged 29 years
Cemetery: Strand Military Cemetery, Ploegsteert, Wallonie, Belgium
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

17 Nov 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 231, Brisbane, Queensland
18 May 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 231, 41st Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
18 May 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 231, 41st Infantry Battalion, HMAT Demosthenes, Sydney
3 Jun 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 231, 41st Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Gary Kellar

Charles is buried in the Strand military cemetery, Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, Belgium. The cemetery is 13 km south of Ieper (Ypres) town centre on the Rejselseweg N365, which connects Ieper  to Wijtschate, Mesen and on to Armentieres.

The cemetery lies on the N365, 4 kilometres beyond Mesen and immediately before the village of Ploegsteert on the left-hand side of the road. Landmarks as you travel south from Mesen  on the Armentieres road include The Irish Peace Park, Ploegsteert Memorial to the Missing. The Strand cemetery is just a little further on and is unprepossessing, enclosed behind a stone fence.