Charles Daniel LUCAS


LUCAS, Charles Daniel

Service Number: Officer
Enlisted: 17 March 1915
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 12th Infantry Battalion
Born: Woodbridge, Tasmania, Australia, 16 April 1885
Home Town: Branxholm, Dorset, Tasmania
Schooling: The Hutchins School, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Occupation: Minister of Religion, Methodist
Died: Killed In Action, France,, 25 July 1916, aged 31 years
Cemetery: Pozières British Cemetery
Plot IV, Row V, Grave No. I
Memorials: Hobart Roll of Honour, Lindisfarne Officers of the 12th Battalion Pictorial Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

17 Mar 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, SN Officer, 12th Infantry Battalion
1 Oct 1915: Involvement Lieutenant, 12th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières
1 Oct 1915: Embarked Lieutenant, 12th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Hororata, Fremantle
25 May 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 12th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of Daniel and Mary LUCAS

Husband of Doris Josephine LUCAS

Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

Charles was born on 16 April 1885 to Daniel Richard ad Mary Elizabeth Lucas of Birchs Bay (4km south of Woodbridge, Tasmania). They both died between 1910 and 1912. Charles, a Methodist minister, was given permission to serve with the Australian Expeditionary Force by the Victorian and Tasmania Methodist Conference, held in Melbourne on 12 March 1915. He did not waste anytime enlisting. He enlisted at Claremont camp 17 March 1915. At the time he was the Methodist Minister at Derby Circuit and he made application for a commissioned rank stating he had seven years education at state school, three years at Hutchins Boys School, Hobart, and one year at Queen’s College, Methodist Theological College, Melbourne and one year military training at Claremont camp. On 7 September 1915 Charles married Doris Josephine Trowbridge from Branxholm at her parent’s residence in Launceston, only days before departing for overseas service.

Charles was killed in action on 25 July 1916 by an exploding shell with a piece of shrapnel struck him in the back, killing him instantly at Pozieres, France.

His younger brother was killed 6 weeks later at nearby Mouquet Farm, 5222 Lce. Cpl. Leonard Christopher Lucas, 52nd Battalion AIF, on 4 September 1916.