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Born in Ballarat, Victoria and a Telegraph Operator by Occupation, Charles Edmond Coldwell-Smith was 19 years and single when enlisted on the 30th of July 1915 in the Field Ambulance 10, Australian Imperial Force, with the rank of Corporal, Number 12263, and was listed as returned to Australia on the 23rd of July 1918. His Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A54 'Runic' on the 20th of June 1916. On the 24th of November 1916 proceeded overseas to France from Southampton; transferred from France to No. 4 Cadet Battalion, Oxford, England on the 21st of December 1917; on the 27th of April 1918 transferred from France to England, wounded. On the 3rd of August 1918 left Cairo for return to Australia per H.T. 'Karoola'. Returned to Australia on the 23rd of July 1918. Disembarked Melbourne on the 4th of September 1918 and Discharged on the 28th of March 1919 with the Termination of Period of enlistment. Family/military connections Brother: Captain Frederick Lawrence Coldwell-Smith, 32nd Battalion, returned to Australia on the 30th of October 1919. War service: Western Front Tree No. 2755