Charles Courtney APPLEYARD MM


APPLEYARD, Charles Courtney

Service Number: 3751
Enlisted: 15 July 1915, Melbourne
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 23rd Infantry Battalion
Born: Alberton, Victoria, Australia, 1881
Home Town: Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria
Schooling: State School
Occupation: Builder
Died: Died of Wounds, France, 15 November 1916
Cemetery: Heilly Station Cemetery
Plot V, Row G, Grave 12,
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Yarram WW1 War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

15 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 3751, 23rd Infantry Battalion, Melbourne
8 Feb 1916: Involvement Private, SN 3751, 23rd Infantry Battalion
8 Feb 1916: Embarked Private, SN 3751, 23rd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Warilda, Melbourne
9 Aug 1916: Honoured Military Medal, Battle for Pozières , At Pozieres on 4th & 5th August, 1916. For gallant reconnaissance in daylight of the enemys trench, returning with valuable information
12 Aug 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 23rd Infantry Battalion
23 Aug 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Sergeant, 23rd Infantry Battalion
15 Nov 1916: Involvement Sergeant, SN 3751, 23rd Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Charles Courtney APPLEYARD was born in Alberton, Victoria in 1881

His parents were George Courtney APPLEYARD & Jane SCOTT

He married Rose WOODGATE & had 3 children, Clement Harry Courtney, Edna Merle & Lorna May

Charles enlisted in Melbourne on 15th July, 1915 and embarked with the 23rd Infantry Battalion, 9th reinforcements from Melbourne on the HMAT Warilda on 8th February, 1916- he was pormoted to Lance Corporal on 12th August, 1916 and to Sergeant on 23rd August 1916

He was wounded in action in the right shoulder on 10th November, 1916 and admitted to the 36th Casualty Clearing Station in France where he died from his wounds on 15th November, 1916 & is buried in the Heilly Station Cemetery, Plot V, Row G, Grave 12


He was awarded a Military Medal on 9th August, 1916 for gallant reconnaissance in daylight of enemys trench on 4th/5th August, 1916 returning with valuable information (Pozieres)


British War Medal & Victory Medal


Brothers who also served in WW1

1. Allen Richard APPLEYARD (SN 1783)  returned to Australia 1919

2. Darcy James APPLEYARD (SN 4027) returned to Australia in 1919

3. Ernest APPLEYARD (SN 2546) discharged at his Mothers request

4. Frank APPLEYARD (SN 152) returned to Australia in 1917

5. Gordon William APPLEYARD (SN 865) died of wounds 24th August 1916

His cousin Edgar John APPLEYARD (SN 609) also died of wounds on 2nd August, 1917