Name: Charles Greenaway

 

Birth Date: 9 November, 1893 Where: Dalmorton, New South Wales
Died: 1957 Where: Kyogle, N.S.W.
Place of Enlistment: Troopship A11 Age: 21
Serial Number: 468 Battalion: 26th
Rank on Enlistment: Private Rank on Discharge/Death: Corporal

Awards: 1914 - 15 Star, British War Medal 1914 - 1920, Victory Medal, Military Medal

 

Photograph Greenaway

 Service Details:

 

 

24 May

1915                      Embarked Brisbane

9 June

1915                      Embarked Australia

23 June

1915                     Sworn in on board Ascanius (A11)

August

1915                      Embarked Egypt

10 Sept. – 12 Dec.

1915                      Gallipoli

21 March

1916                      France

6/7 June

1916                      Trench Raid

29 July – 27 Aug.

1916                      Pozieres (Sausage Valley)

4 August

1916                      Pozieres

6 September

1916                      Belgium

October

1916                      Ypres and Dernacourt

3 November

1916                      Battle of Ancres Heights & Fricourt

24 November

1916                      Wounded

27 August

1917                      Rejoined Unit

18 September

1917 mmmmmmmYpres                     

October

1917                      Broodseine & Passchendale

4 October

1917                      Wounded

18 March

1918                      Rejoined Battalion

7 April

1918                      Dernacourt

20 April

1918                      Ville Sur-Ancre

May

1918                      Morlancourt

27 June

1918                      Villers-Bretonneux

8 August

1918                      Battle of Amiens

15 August

1918 mmmmmmmPromoted Corporal                     

29 August

1918                      Somme

29 August

1918 mmmmmiiAwarded Military Medal                     

2 Sept

1918                      Mont St. Quentin

11 November

1918                      Armistice

11 June

1919mmmmmmmiDischarged

 

Biographical Details:

Charles Thomas Greenaway was born in Dalmorton, New South Wales in 1893. He was one of thirteen children raised by a widower father.  When a ten year old he was found wandering the streets and was eventually committed to Sobraon, a Nautical School Ship for wayward and neglected youths.
When he enlisted Charles had been working as a labourer. He sailed from Brisbane on the Ascanius on 24th May but was not attested until 23rd June, long after the Ascanius had departed Fremantle.
Charles’s service was interesting.  He was AWL twice for which he was given detention, Field Punishment and forfeiture of pay. Soon after returning from furlough in England Charles suffered the first of three episodes of VD (Gonorrhoea) which saw him hospitalised for a total of 103 days.
During the June trench raid Charles was part of Sgt Smart’s Left Blocking Party.
Charles was wounded on two occasions, the first with a Gun Shot Wound (GSW) to a shoulder.  On the second occasion he suffered a GSW to his left wrist.  In July 1917 he was treated for trench fever.
On 29th August 1918 Charles was recommended for the Military Medal:
During the advance to the Somme near Peronne on 29/8/18 this N.C.O. showed great gallantry. He led a small party forward when the advance was temporarily hung up, and captured the enemy machine gun and twelve prisoners. On reaching the river he pushed forward over the canal under machine gun and shell fire, and mopped up two more machine guns and killed several more of the enemy.
The recommendation was confirmed and eventually gazetted late 1919.
In May 1940, Charles re-enlisted in the 2/33rd Battalion.  He was discharged in 1943 at the age of 50.  He also married Eliza Green in 1943.  There is no record of them having children.
In 1952 Charles was goaled for twelve months for indecently assaulting an eleven-year-old boy.
Charles Greenaway died at Kyogle, New South Wales in 1957.