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Born in Ballart, Grenville and a Carpenter by trade, Charles Bridges was 20 years and single when enlisted on the 6th of October 1914 in the Divisional Train Reinforcements 1, Australian Imperial Force, with the rank of Driver, Number 2727. His Unit embarked from Newcastle, New South Wales, on board HMAT A36 'Melbourne' on the 21st of December 1914. On the 23rd of September 1915 admitted to Mil Hospital Enteric Con, England. Private reverts to rank of wheeler Private at own request on the 10th of October 1917. Embarked for Australia via 'B' draft, disembarked Southampton, marched into St Burdeaux for R.T.A. Special 1914 leaven Havre per transport D.31 special 1914 leave on the 13th of October 1918 and was listed as returned to Australia on the 23rd of October 1918. Discharged 3rd Military District with the termination of period of enlistment on the 21st of February 1919. Tree No. 309