LITTLER, Charles Augustus

Service Number: Not applicable (Officer)
Rank: Not known
Enlistment Unit: 12th Battalion
Transferred Unit: Not known or not applicable
Date of Enlistment: 16 December 1914
Enlistment Age: 46 years 9 months
Fate of person: Killed in action

Biographical Details

Known at the time as the Duke of Anzac, Charles played a major role in the successful evacuation of troops at the end of the Gallipoli campaign. Prior to the war he had had an amazing life managing a Farmers’ Association in Devonport, in the Philippines establishing rubber and coconut plantations on Mindanao Island, running a stevedoring company that supplied the Russian Navy, serving with the USA Army, carrying out intelligence work for Britain and acting as Commercial Agent for Tasmania (unpaid!). He enlisted on 16 December 1914 and was commissioned into the 12th Battalion. As Captain he was responsible for the unloading of stores and equipment at Gallipoli. He was awarded the D.S.O. and in 1916 he saw active service in France but was killed at Moquet Farm 3 September 1916. His name is on the memorial at Villers Brettoneux but he has no known grave.

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