No.611 Private Charles Barratt
[Listed on RSL Honor Board as Barrett, but correct spelling is Barratt].
Charles Barratt was born on 24 April 1893 in Bristol, England to Alfred Barratt and Emily Rosina Embley.
The 1901 English Census has Charles living in Gloucestershire, Bristol, England with his father Alfred Barratt and mother Rosena, along with sisters:
- Rosena (17)
- Nellie (13)
Charlie was 7 years old and his father’s occupation was listed as fishmonger.
In 1904 his mother passed away in Bristol England.
Charles emigrated to Australia in 1913 and in 1914 is living in Werribee.
Charles Barratt enlisted in the Army at Melbourne, Victoria on 19 August 1914. He was aged 21 years and was five feet four and a half inches tall. Charles weighed nine stone and seven pounds and had a chest measurement of thirty four inches. His complexion was listed as fair, with blue eyes and
light brown hair.
All of this was recorded at the time of his enlistment.
He embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board A20 Hororata on 19 October 1914, with the 7th Battalion E Company, and was a Private.
He joined the MEF (Gallipoli Campaign) from Galeka to Alexandria on 5 April 1915.
He was admitted to hospital in Gallipoli on 22 July 1915. He was later admitted to the 1st Australian Casualty Clearing station on the Gallipoli Peninsula on 24 July 1915 suffering diarrhoea. Charles was then admitted to the Aust Stn. Hospital in Lemnos, on 5 August 1915 and was then discharged to the 24 CC Hospital on 10 August 1915.
Charles was invalided to Australia on 2 April 1916 from Cairo, Egypt for 3 months change.
Charles arrived in Australia on 12 May 1916 and was discharged from the Force on 20 June 1916.
His address was listed as Albert Street Footscray for his pension papers according to a letter to his brother on 3December 1917.
Electoral rolls 1914 to 1919, had Charles living at J.A. Thomson's in Tarneit, Werribee as a farm hand.
On 25 October 1917 his address for pension payments was 32 Harts Parade, Auburn.
On 11 February 1918, his address for pension payments was listed as 127 Barry Street, Carlton.
Charles' father died in 1920, Bristol, England
On 20 March 1928, Charles sent a letter to the Defence Department for missing medals, and was showing his address as 40 Fitzroy Street, Milsons Point, New South Wales.
In 1921, he is living at 45 Withers Street, Albert Park as a wool sorter.
In 1930, Charles married Nellie Jean Croucher in North Sydney, New South Wales.
In 1930, and 1933 he is living at 14 Fitzroy Street, Milsons Point, North Sydney as a wool classer.
In 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937 and 1943, Charles and Nellie are living at 6 Ridge Street, Crows Nest, Sydney and his occupation is listed as a wool sorter.
In 1949 they travel back to Sydney from England, Charles is 56 years old and Nellie is 48 years old and is listed as retired. Their address is 6 Ridge Street North Sydney.
The 1968 Electoral Roll has them living at 26 West Street, Crows Nest, New South Wales.
Charles died in 1971 at St Leonards, North Sydney.
Medals and Entitlements:
- 1914-1915 Star - 18 July 1923
- British War Medal - 24 March 1928
- Victory Medal - 24 March 1928
- Returned Soldiers Badge - 5 April 1928
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