Service Numbers: 1526, 1526A
Enlisted: 30 November 1914, Liverpool, New South Wales
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 9th Infantry Battalion
Born: Adamstown, New South Wales, Australia, 3 June 1896
Home Town: West Wallsend, Lake Macquarie Shire, New South Wales
Schooling: West Wallsend Superior Public School, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Meat worker
Died: Killed In Action, Belgium, 8 October 1917, aged 21 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Menin Gate Memorial (Commonwealth Memorial to the Missing of the Ypres Salient)
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World War 1 Service

30 Nov 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1526, Liverpool, New South Wales
11 Feb 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1526, 2nd Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
11 Feb 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 1526, 2nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Seang Choon, Sydney
9 May 1915: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 9th Infantry Battalion
9 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1526, 9th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
5 Dec 1916: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 1526, 9th Infantry Battalion, Shell wound (buttock)
25 Feb 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 1526, 9th Infantry Battalion, German Withdrawal to Hindenburg Line and Outpost Villages, 2nd occasion - Shell wound (left leg)
8 Oct 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1526A, 9th Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From Gary Mitchell, Sandgate Cemetery.

Awaiting memorialisation at Sandgate Cemetery.
102 years ago today, on the 8th October 1917, Private Harry Charlton, 9th Battalion, labourer (Meat Works), of Carrington Street, West Wallsend, New South Wales, fell at the Battle of Broodseinde Ridge during the Passchendaele Campaign, age 21 years 4 months.

Born at Adamstown, New South Wales on the 3rd June 1896 to Tom (died 1914, buried Rookwood Cemetery) and Mary Ann (died 1932) Charlton of 8 Roe Street, Mayfield, New South Wales and 10 Woodstock Street, Mayfield, N.S.W., Harry enlisted November 1914 with the 2nd Battalion at Liverpool, N.S.W.

Wounded in action - 5.12.1916 (SW buttock), 25.2.1917 (GSW left leg, severe), Harry has no known grave, and is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 17), Belgium.

Harry is also remembered on the West Wallsend Soldiers Memorial and the West Wallsend Superior Public School Roll of Honour (photo, unknown date of unveiling).

Unfortunately, there is no memorial inscription to Harry on his mother’s headstone, and I am unable to place a memorial cross, so I have placed poppies to honour her son’s supreme sacrifice for God, King and Country. CATHOLIC 1-J Spec. 21.

Older brother Tom Edward (Reg No-930, 9th Battalion) also served 1st A.I.F., died 1947, resting at Lutwyche Cemetery (Military Section), Brisbane, Queensland.

Lest We Forget.