Charles Frank CHURCH

CHURCH, Charles Frank

Service Number: 4752
Enlisted: 16 November 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 8th Infantry Battalion
Born: Dorking, England, 15 September 1900
Home Town: Adelaide, South Australia
Schooling: Flinders Street, Adelaide, South Australia
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed in Action, France , 18 August 1916, aged 15 years
Cemetery: Pozières British Cemetery
Plot III, Row S, Grave No. 31
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

16 Nov 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 4752, 8th Infantry Battalion
7 Mar 1916: Involvement Private, 4752, 8th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières , --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '9' embarkation_place: Melbourne embarkation_ship: HMAT Wiltshire embarkation_ship_number: A18 public_note: ''
7 Mar 1916: Embarked Private, 4752, 8th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Wiltshire, Melbourne


The information provided has been published (2019) in the book titled "The Lost Boys" written by Paul Byrnes. details of this soldier are written at pages 170 to 181 & 361. Lest We Forget Rest In Peace

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From On This Day - Australian Military History

We Remember Private Charles Church

Today we pause to remember the life and service of 4752 Private Charles Frank Church, who was killed in action at Pozieres on the 18th of August 1916 at the age of 15 years and 11 months. He was just one of many child soldiers who voluntarily enlisted in WWI.

Originally from North Adelaide, SA, Charles enlisted at Adelaide on the 16th of November after giving his age as 18 and 2 months. He arrived in France in June 1916 and joined the 8th Battalion in July that year.

Charles was killed in action on the 18th of August 1916 by a machinegunner during the Battalion's attack at Pozieres on the same day. He was a month shy of his 16th birthday at the time of his death.
Lest we forget.