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Charles Richard Pyke was born in Ballarat, was single and a Labourer when he enlisted in the 14th Battalion, 9th Reinforcement on 6 July 1915 at the age of 34. His unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 27 September 1915. He was awarded forfeiture of two days' pay due to being absent without leave in June of 1916. IN August, while on duty in France, he was wounded in action and it was later discovered he was intoxicated whilst on duty. In January 1917, whilst in Etaples, he was admitted to the 13th Australian General Hospital and was discharged back to duty 28 days later. In June 1918 he suffered a gunshot wound to the right leg and a fractured tibia, resulting in a medical discharge from service.
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