Williams, Charles Ernest (3501)

Place of Birth: Moonee Ponds, VIC

Age: 22 years

Enlistment Details: Wednesday, 7 July 1915 – Melbourne, VIC

Service Number: 3501           view online service record

Address:
Port Melbourne, VIC

Next of Kin:
Elsie Williams (sister)
368 Ross Street
Port Melbourne, VIC

Embarkation Details:
Date: Monday, 11 October 1915
Ship: HMAT Nestor A71
Port: Melbourne, VIC
Unit: 6th Infantry Battalion – 11th Reinforcements

Fate:
KIA: Thursday, 4 October 1917
Place: Belgium

Private, 6 Infantry, Killed in Action 4 October 1917, Belgium, aged 24, commemorated Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Flanders, Belgium.

Parents: (both late), Sister: Miss Elsie WILLIAMS, born Moonee Ponds. He was a 22-year-old tinsmith who enlisted with his sister at 368 Ross Street, Port Melbourne. No known grave; two eyewitness reports suggest Williams was killed instantly by a shell explosion while at a gun position and buried, but his remains were never recovered. Declared killed in action in August, 1918.

Additional research by Brian Membrey

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  1. Brian Membrey says

    “We were advancing as Passchendaele and had almost reached our objective when I saw several big shells burst right on the gun team which were serving. They all must have been killed outright and were either blown to pieces or buried by the shells. We had no prisoners taken in that stunt and we advanced a mile past where the shells fell. Fritz cleared out too quickly to bother about prisoners” (Fly, J. A. Cpl 4495 6 Battn)”We were advancing as Passchendaele and had almost reached our objective when I saw several big shells burst right on the gun team which were serving. They all must have been killed outright and were either blown to pieces or buried by the shells. We had no prisoners taken in that stunt and we advanced a mile past where the shells fell. Fritz cleared out too quickly to bother about prisoners” (Fly, J. A. Cpl 4495 6 Battn)

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