Charles Adams MATTERS


MATTERS, Charles Adams

Service Number: 2002
Enlisted: 4 September 1914
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 6th Infantry Battalion
Born: Port Augusta, South Australia, October 1885
Home Town: Leederville, Vincent, Western Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Veterinary Surgeon
Died: Killed in Action, Gallipoli, Gallipoli, Dardanelles, Turkey, 7 August 1915
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Commemorated on Lone Pine Memorial, Lone Pine Memorial, Gallipoli Peninsula, Canakkale Province, Turkey
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Lone Pine Memorial to the Missing
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World War 1 Service

4 Sep 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 2002, 6th Infantry Battalion
17 Apr 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 2002, 6th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '8' embarkation_place: Melbourne embarkation_ship: HMAT Hororata embarkation_ship_number: A20 public_note: ''
17 Apr 1915: Embarked SN 2002, 6th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Hororata, Melbourne
7 Aug 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 2002, 6th Infantry Battalion, The August Offensive - Lone Pine, Suvla Bay, Sari Bair, The Nek and Hill 60 - Gallipoli

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Biography contributed by Steven Anderson



Biography contributed by Steven Anderson

Charles Adams Matters was born in Port Augusta in October of 1885 to John Leonard Matters and Emma Alma Matters (née Warburton). The third youngest of ten children, he had two brothers who also enrolled in the armed forces (Keith Wylie Matters and Leonard Warbuton Matters). He was also a younger brother of Muriel Matters, an Australian-born suffragist who helped women achieve the vote in Britain.

Charles enlisted on 4 September 1914 at Blackboy Hill in Western Australia, a military training camp for the A.I.F. at the time. He departed for overseas service from Melbourne on 17 April 1915 aboard the S.S. Hororata and arrived at Gallipoli Peninsula as part of the Allied campaign around 25 June 1915. He was killed in action soon afterwards on the afternoon of 7 August 1915 near Lone Pine. Witnesses indicate that Charles died instantly after being shot in the head while charging a German Officer’s trench. It does not appear that his body was able to be recovered from the field.

At the time of death Charles Adams Matters (service number 2002) was ranked as a Colour Sergeant within the 5th Reinforcements, 6th Battalion, 2nd Infantry Brigade, 1st Australian Division of the A.I.F. He was given the following medals for his service: 1914-15 Star; British War Medal; Victory Medal. He is commemorated on the Lone Pine Memorial in Turkey and on panel 47 of the Australian War Memorial’s Roll of Honour. His records can be located in the National Archives of Australia (NAA: B2455, Matters Charles Adams).