Charles William STOERKEL MC and Bar, MID

STOERKEL, Charles William

Service Number: 1212
Enlisted: 11 September 1914, Morphettville, South Australia
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 48th Infantry Battalion
Born: London, England, August 1895
Home Town: Adelaide, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Natural causes, Sydney, New South Wales, 7 November 1985
Cemetery: Eastern Suburbs Memorial Park, NSW
Memorials: Orroroo District Roll of Honour WW1
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World War 1 Service

11 Sep 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 1212, Morphettville, South Australia
22 Dec 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Signaller, 1212, 16th Infantry Battalion (WW1), HMAT Ceramic, Melbourne
22 Dec 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Signaller, 1212, 16th Infantry Battalion (WW1), Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
25 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Signaller, 1212, 16th Infantry Battalion (WW1), ANZAC / Gallipoli
3 Mar 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 48th Infantry Battalion
9 Mar 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Corporal, 48th Infantry Battalion
13 Aug 1916: Wounded Corporal, 1212, 48th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières
25 Aug 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Regimental Sergeant Major, 48th Infantry Battalion
16 Sep 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 48th Infantry Battalion
11 Feb 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 48th Infantry Battalion
8 Dec 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 48th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

"No.1212 Lance Corporal Charles William Stoerkel, born Edmonton, England, 1895. Also known as 'Charging Charlie Stoerkel'. He enlisted in the 16th Battalion at Morphettville, South Australia, 11 September 1914. Served in Gallipoli and was transferred to 48th Battalion on the 3rd of March 1916.

Wounded in action, France, 13 August 1916. Promoted 2nd Lieutenant 16 September 1916. Mentioned in Sir Douglas Haig's despatch for distinguished and gallant services and devotion to duty in the field 13 November 1916. Promoted Lieutenant 11 February 1917. Wounded in action again on the 8th of June 1917.

Awarded Military Cross 1917. Wounded for a third time on the 8th of August 1918. Awarded Bar to Military Cross 1918. Returned Adelaide, South Australia, 1919.

Changed name to Charles William TANNER in 1920." - SOURCE (



Enlisted as a private in 16th Battalion, AIF, on 11 September 1914.

In early 1916 he transferred to 48 Battalion, AIF

Mentioned in Despatches in 1916.

Commissioned in 1917

Awrded Military Cross (MC) 17 June 1917

Bar to Military Cross 3 May 1918

Returned to Australia 1919.