• Charles Robertson Wonderley

Army / Flying Corps
  • 47th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • 9th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • 12th Brigade
  • 3rd Brigade
  • Lance Corporal

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  • Military Medal (MM)
  • British War Medal
  • Victory Medal
  • Born in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia

    Friday, 5 October 1894

  • Enlistment WW1 - Brisbane, Queensland

    Saturday, 11 March 1916

  • Embarked at Sydney on HMAT A33 Ayrshire

    Wednesday, 24 January 1917

  • Disembarked at Devonport, England

    Thursday, 12 April 1917

  • Transferred from 9Bn to 47Bn in England

    Tuesday, 8 May 1917

  • On command at School of Instruction, Kandahar Barracks, Tidworth, England

    Monday, 28 May 1917

  • Joined 47Bn in Belgium

    Sunday, 12 August 1917

  • Promoted to Lance Corporal in Belgium

    Wednesday, 22 August 1917

  • Wounded in action in Belgium (GSW left leg & left hand)

    Friday, 12 October 1917

  • Awarded Military Medal (for conspicuous gallantry in the field in Belgium)

    Sunday, 14 October 1917

  • Invalided from Boulogne, France on HS St Denis

    Saturday, 20 October 1917

  • Re-joined 47Bn in France

    Saturday, 9 February 1918

  • Detached for duty at Australian Corps Gas School in France

    Sunday, 17 March 1918 - Friday, 5 April 1918

  • Killed in action in France

    Friday, 5 April 1918

Stories and comments
    • Charles Robertson Wonderley - 47 Battalion
    • Posted by KeithMcPhee, Saturday, 22 January 2022

    Charles Robertson Wonderley was born in 1894 in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia. After completing his education at Toowoomba Grammar School in 1912, he commenced study at the University of Queensland from where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1916. He voluntarily enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) in March 1916 at Brisbane stating he was single and aged 21 years. He was assigned to the 9th Infantry Battalion and, while training in England, was transferred to the 47th Battalion. In August 1917 Private Wonderley joined the 47th Battalion near Wytschaete in Belgium and was soon participating in The Battle of Passchendaele. On the night 30th September 1917 somewhere north of Polygon Wood, Lance Corporal Wonderley was a scout and repeatedly checked the front lines and also a guide to the relieving Battalion and for his bravery on this occasion he was awarded the Military Medal. Lance Corporal Wonderley was wounded in action on 12 October 1917 when he sustained a gun shot wound to the leg and hand, this seeing him evacuated to England. Upon recovery he rejoined the 47th Battalion in The Somme in France in February 1917 and in April the Battalion participated in The Battle of Dernancourt. The 4th Australian Division, of which the 47th Battalion was part, was given the task of halting the German offensive that threatened the city of Amiens and, although heavily outnumbered, the Brigade successfully resisted the strong German advance. The day of 5 April 1918 is described in the 47th Battalion War Diary as a ‘day of heroic endeavors on the part of all ranks’ and the heavy losses included Lance Corporal Charles Robertson Wonderley, one of the 22 Other Ranks who were Killed in Action. Sometime after the cessation of The Great War, Lance Corporal Wonderley was buried in the Dernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension, one of a number of Australians found on the battlefield not identified individually.