Charles Percival MEDLEN

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MEDLEN, Charles Percival

Service Number: 2808
Enlisted: 21 June 1915, Keswick, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 4th Light Trench Mortar Battery
Born: Murray Bridge, South Australia, 6 December 1889
Home Town: Hindmarsh, Charles Sturt, South Australia
Schooling: Brompton Public School
Occupation: Iron moulder
Died: Killed in Action, Belgium, 17 September 1916, aged 26 years
Cemetery: Chester Farm Cemetery, Ypres, Flanders, Belgium
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

25 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2808, 16th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
21 Jun 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Keswick, South Australia
21 Sep 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2808, 16th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
21 Sep 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2808, 16th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Star of England, Adelaide
17 Sep 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2808, 4th Light Trench Mortar Battery

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Biography

"THE LATE PRIVATE C. P. MEDLEN.

Mr. and Mrs. C. Medlen, of Drayton street, Bowden, have been informed that their eldest son. Private Charles Percival Medlen, was killed in action in France on September 17. He left in September, 1915, and served on Gallipoli until the evacuation. In France he served with a trench mortar battery, and was with this unit at the time of his death. Private Medlin was born at Murray Bridge, and received his education at the Brompton Public School. For many years he was an active member of the Brompton Park Methodist Sunday-school, holding the position of secretary for some time. He was a member of the Iron Moulders' Union. He served his apprenticeship with Jones & Son, of North terrace, and afterwards entered the employ of Metters, Ltd. At the time of his enlistment he was employed by Dawe Bros., contractors, of Prospect. He was in his 27th year, and was much liked by all who came into contact with him. His happy and generous disposition earned him a large circle of friends." - from the Adelaide Chronicle 28 Oct 1916 (nla.gov.au)

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