Charles COLGAN


COLGAN, Charles

Service Number: 4787
Enlisted: 10 January 1916, Enlisted at Blackboy Hill, WA
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 48th Infantry Battalion
Born: Bendigo, Victoria, Australia, 1874
Home Town: Kalgoorlie, Kalgoorlie/Boulder, Western Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: labourer
Died: Killed in action, Pozieres, Somme Sector, France, 8 August 1916
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
No known grave
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

10 Jan 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 4787, 16th Infantry Battalion, Enlisted at Blackboy Hill, WA
1 Apr 1916: Involvement Private, SN 4787, 16th Infantry Battalion, Pozières
1 Apr 1916: Embarked Private, SN 4787, 16th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ulysses, Fremantle
8 Aug 1916: Involvement Private, SN 4787, 48th Infantry Battalion, Pozières

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Biography contributed by Westminster School

Charles Colgan was born in 1974. he was a Roman Catholic. and had the occupation of a labourer. he had no children, wife, parents at the time of his enlistment, all he had was his sister.

He enrolled to join the army at age 41 on the 10th of january 1916. At that time he was 5ft 4inch and weighed 140 lbs. His service number was 4787. Colgan was a part of the 16th battalion from the 1st April 1916 to 8th August 1916. On the 8th August 1916 he was moved to the 48th battalion where he served in France. He went missing on the 12th of October 1916, he was found dead 8 months later on the 10th April 1917 in France. it was reported that he was killed in action.

Charles' name can be found in the D23 Villers-Bretonneux, Villers-Bretonneux, Departement de la Somme - Picardie, France.


Biography contributed by Carol Foster

Next of kin was his sister Elizabeth Milne of Myrtleford, Victoria.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal