Charles Frank CHURCH


CHURCH, Charles Frank

Service Number: 4752
Enlisted: 16 November 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 8th Infantry Battalion
Born: Dorking, England, September 1900
Home Town: Adelaide, South Australia
Schooling: Flinders Street, Adelaide, South Australia
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed In Action, France , 18 August 1916
Cemetery: Pozières British Cemetery
Pozieres British Cemetery (Plot III, Row S, Grave No. 31), Ovillers-La-Boisselle, France, Pozieres British Cemetery Ovillers-La Boisselle, Pozieres, Picardie, France, Serre Road Cemetery No 2, Beaumont Hamel, Picardie, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

16 Nov 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 4752, 8th Infantry Battalion
7 Mar 1916: Involvement Private, SN 4752, 8th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières
7 Mar 1916: Embarked Private, SN 4752, 8th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Wiltshire, Melbourne

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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.