Charles Richard Bulbrook LATTER


LATTER, Charles Richard Bulbrook

Service Numbers: 484, V20022
Enlisted: 22 September 1914, 13th ALH MG section
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: Australian Employment Company
Born: Prahran, Victoria, Australia, 24 April 1888
Home Town: Boolarra South, Latrobe, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Illness, Victoria, Australia, 10 January 1944, aged 55 years
Cemetery: Springvale War Cemetery, Melbourne, Victoria
Plot 2.O.A.2., Springvale War Cemetery, Springvale, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Dandenong Shire Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

22 Sep 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 484, 8th Light Horse Regiment, 13th ALH MG section
25 Feb 1915: Embarked Corporal, SN 484, 8th Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Star of Victoria, Melbourne
25 Feb 1915: Involvement Corporal, SN 484, 8th Light Horse Regiment
27 May 1915: Promoted AIF WW1, Sergeant, 8th Light Horse Regiment
23 Jul 1915: Transferred AIF WW1, Sergeant, 3rd Light Horse Brigade Machine Gun Squadron
15 Dec 1918: Promoted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 3rd Light Horse Brigade Machine Gun Squadron
18 Mar 1919: Promoted AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 3rd Light Horse Brigade Machine Gun Squadron
13 Nov 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 3rd Light Horse Brigade Machine Gun Squadron , 3rd MD

World War 2 Service

7 Jul 1940: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Lieutenant, SN V20022, Australian Employment Company
10 Jan 1944: Involvement Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Lieutenant

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Biography contributed by Robert Kearney

From How We Served
The final resting place for; - 484 & V20022 Lieutenant Charles Richard Bulbrook Latter of Boolarra & Dandenong, Victoria, who was engaged in farming when he enlisted for War Service on the 22nd of September 1914.

Charles was allocated to the 8th Light Horse Regiment 1st AIF and was embarked for Egypt and further training on the 25th of February 1915.

By the 15th of May he was on his way to Gallipoli and was promoted to Sergeant whilst in the trenches on the 25th of May. Charles would remain on Gallipoli until he was evacuated sick on the 11th of October, and was sent to Gibraltar where he was admitted into hospital having been diagnosed as suffering from diphtheria.

From Gibraltar, Charles was sent to England for further treatment, and following his recovery he was returned to Egypt, where he arrived on the 5th of March 1916. Charles returned to his Unit at Tel El Kabir on the 24th of April where he resumed duty, and by the 23rd of July he was transferred to the 3rd Light Horse Machine Gun Squadron.

Charles would be again evacuated sick on the 8th of September, and was admitted into hospital at Port Said suffering from the effects of diarrhea, and following his recovery he re-joined his Unit at Moascar on the 29th of December.

Charles's service in the field would be continuous, and he would be again hospitalized in December 1917, being sent to Port Said, and was again deemed fit for service.

Again, Charles’s service would in the field would be continuous until he was sent to an Officer’s School in Egypt at the start of July 1918. Following the completion of his course of instructions, Charles received his Commission as a Second Lieutenant in January 1919, and was returned to his Unit, where he was further promoted to Lieutenant.

With the War now over, Charles was sent to London in May, before he was embarked for his repatriation back to Australia, departing England on the 24th of July 1919.

Having returned to Australia, Lieutenant Latter received his official discharge from the 1st AIF for his re entry into civilian life.

With the outbreak of a Second World War, Charles again presented himself for service with the Australian Military Forces on the 7th of July 1940, and was accepted for full time service with the Commissioned rank of Lieutenant.

Charles’s service would be continuous, and whilst he was on strength with the 8th Employment Company, he was admitted into hospital due to illness. Whilst still a patient, Charles succumbed to sickness on the 10th of January 1944 at the age of 55.

Following his passing Lieutenant Charles Latter, a veteran of the ‘Great War’, and who had chosen to serve his country during a Second War, was formally laid to rest within Springvale War Cemetery, Victoria.