Charles WASHINGTON

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WASHINGTON, Charles

Service Number: 3002
Enlisted: 25 February 1916, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 50th Infantry Battalion
Born: Colton, South Australia, 18 May 1890
Home Town: Payneham, Norwood Payneham St Peters, South Australia
Schooling: Colton Public School
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Killed in Action, France, 2 April 1917, aged 26 years
Cemetery: Noreuil Australian Cemetery
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial (South Australia), Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, CampbelltownM*
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World War 1 Service

25 Feb 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 3002, Adelaide, South Australia
11 Apr 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3002, 32nd Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
11 Apr 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 3002, 32nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Aeneas, Adelaide
2 Apr 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3002, 50th Infantry Battalion, German Withdrawal to Hindenburg Line and Outpost Villages

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Biography

Charles was one of four Washinton brothers to enlist in the AIF during the Great War. Shortly after arriving in Egypt Charles went AWL for 24 hours like many AIF soldiers who thought it would be an opportunity to enjoy the sights and sounds of a new and exciting foreign city. For his absence he was given a forfiet of two days pay. Shortly before leaving Egypt he was transferred from the 32nd battlion to the 50th battalion. According his Red Cross record Charles was a  member of a bombing party that was raiding German trenches on April 2nd 1917 in the region of Noreuil, France. This involved the dangerous of job throwing Mills bombs (hand grenades) into the opposite German trenches whilst fellow soldiers attempted to take sections of the enemy trench. According to offical records this attack involved a coordinated attack by the 50th and 51st battalions upon the German lines and fellow member of the 50th battalion Jorge Jensen of the 50th battalion received the VC for his actions whilst particpating in the same attack. 

Of the brothers unfortunately Charles was to lose his life due to sustaining multiple machine gun wounds to his body. He was buried in the Noreuil Military cemetary. The other three brothers served and each was to receive wounds in battle and in some cases multiple wounds, but returned to Australia at the end of the conflict.

 

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