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Charles Herbert Minter
Male 1888 - 1917

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  • Birth  Jun 1888  Staple, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Christened  15 Jul 1888  Holy Trinity, Dover, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender  Male 
    Reference Number  126 
    _UID  34298F75210F48F8B802BE45B741EFC93E04 
    Died  19 Jul 1917  France (killed in action) Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Person ID  I126  Ash, Kent
    Last Modified  26 Jul 2014 
     
    Father  Charles Daniel Minter,   b. 9 May 1854, Worth, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Sep 1942, District Hospital, Colac, Polwarth, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Charlotte Emma FLINT,   b. Abt 1859, Dover, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Mar 1897, Eastry RD Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  13 Sep 1883  St Mary's, Dover, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F51  Group Sheet
     
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  • Notes 
    • From the National Archives of Australia:
      MINTER Charles Herbert : Service Number - 144 : Place of Birth - Dover England : Place of Enlistment - Keswick SA : Next of Kin - (Sister) MINTER Constance Mary Louis [WW1].

      From www.aif.adfa.edu.au: as a member of the Australian Imperial Force 1914 - 18, Charles served in the 32nd Battalion, A Company. His address is shown as 142 Snargate Street, Dover, Kent, England.

      www.awm.gov.au shows that Charles embarked on the HMAT Geelong at Adelaide on 18 November 1918. His age is shown as 27; labourer, single, of 142 Snargate Street, Dover, Kent, next of kin Miss Constance Mary Louisa Minter, sister, 142 Snargate Street, Dover, Kent. C of E. Joined the forces on 1 July 1915.

      Records relating to Charles's WW1 service can be found at the National Archives of Australia.

      Remembered on Panel 4 of the Dover War memorial (photo at http://homepage.ntlworld.com/gareth.moore7/panel4.html )

      Also remembered in the Dover Grammar School for Boys Roll of Honour. The following is taken from http://www.kentfallen.com/PDF%20reports/DOVER%20GRAMMAR.pdf:
      MINTER, CHARLES HERBERT. Private, 144. 32nd Battalion, Australian Infantry, A.I.F.
      Died 19 July 1916. Aged 28.
      Born in England (possibly Dover, Kent).
      Son of Charles Daniel and Charlotte Emma Minter of "Manner," Sutton Street, Colac, Victoria, Australia.
      Buried Rue-Petillon Military Cemetery, Fleurbaix, Pas de Calais, France. Grave Ref: I. K. 57.
      Also commemorated on Dover, Kent, civic war memorial.. Prior to enlisting in the army Charles was employed as a Labourer, he enlisted on 1 July 1915, at which time he gave his address as that of his sister Constance Mary Louisa Minter of 142, Snargate Street, Dover, Kent. Charles was posted to "A" Company, 32nd Battalion, Australian Infantry, Australian Imperial Force in which he sailed from Adelaide, South Australia on 18 November 1915 onboard the 7,851 ton H.M.A.T.Geelong (A2), which was on loan from the P&O Steam Navigation Co, London. Unlike the majority of Australian troopships that were returned to their former owners following the Great War, the ship which had taken Charles back to Europe was lost on 1 January1916 after she had collided with the S.S. Bonvilston in the Mediterranean and sank. The action fought where Charles died was just north of the German held village of Fromelles on the Aubers Ridge to the south of Armentieres, Nord, France, it was executed partly as a diversion to the larger battle taking place 50 miles or so to the south on the Somme, and at the same time taking a German held salient. It was and indeed still is significant as being the first occasion on which the First Australian Imperial Force(A.I.F.) saw action on the Western Front, regrettably it ended by being a decisive victory for the German army, during which thousands of Australian and British soldiers were killed, taken prisoner and/or wounded, without the Alliesgaining any ground. The casualty returns for Charles battalion for the two day 'Battle of Fromelles' on 19 and 20 July 1916 show 17 officers and 701 men either killed, wounded or missing in action. One of the officers of Charles battalion who was amongst the wounded was Captain Blair Wark who later (at Ypres) won the Distinguished Service Order for repelling three enemy counter attacks, in October 1918 the then Major Blair Wark was awarded the Victoria Cross.
     
  • Sources 
    1. [S3] BMD index.
      Q2 1888 Eastry 2a/938

    2. [S336] England, Select Births and Christenings, 1538-1975, ancestry.com, July 2014.

    3. [S65] Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
      Nationality Australian. Private no 144, Australian Infantry, A.I.F, 32nd Bn. "Son of Charles Daniel and Charlotte Emma Minter, of "Manner," Sutton St., Colac Victoria, Australia. Born in England.". Grave/Memorial Reference: I. K. 57.
      Cemetery: RUE-PETILLON MILITARY CEMETERY, FLEURBAIX .