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Champion Christopher Henry Duncan


Born 1882 Launceston Tasmania the son of Arthur Hammerton and Mary Celia Champion (nee Duncan) a farmer he enlisted and embarked Sydney 9th November 1915 on board “HMAT Beltana” with the 30th Infantry Battalion.

He was killed in action 14th April 1918 when he was hit in the head by a sniper’s bullet and died instantly.  He is commemorated on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, Villers-Bretonneux Area, France

Mention in Despatches – Awarded 28th December 1917

Courage and devotion to duty and able leadership of Company. (East of Ypres 20 September 1917).
Recommendation date: 29 September 1917


News has been received of the death in action of Lieutenant C. H. D. Champion, A.I.F., third son of the Rev. A. H. Champion rector of Bungendore, and formerly headmaster of the King's School, Parramatta. The deceased officer had served in Egypt and since March, 1916 on the Western front. One of his brothers, after service in Gallipoli and France, has returned to Australia, and the youngest was killed in action at Pozieres on July 11

The Goulburn Evening Post 27th April 1918



In March 2003 a farmer near Merris, France, discovered the skeletal remains of four unknown Australian Imperial Force soldiers buried in a communal grave.  Artefacts found with the remains included Australian pennies, Australian Imperial Forces ‘Rising Sun’ collar badges and a corroded officers ‘pip’ with a fragment of uniform with the clips for attaching the ‘pip’ in place.  After historical research and forensic investigation in France and Australia, two of the four soldiers are believed to be 637 Lieutenant Christopher Henry Duncan Champion and 5665 Corporal Ernest Corby.  The other two soldiers have not been identified.

Defence Media Release






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