Kingston, Charles Eugene
Born 30th March 1895 Koonya Tasmania the son of Joseph and Theresa Grace Kingston (nee Gathercole) a salesman he embarked Melbourne 24th August 1916 on board “HMAT Botanist” with the 12th Infantry Battalion.
He was killed in action 11th August 1918 in France and is commemorated on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, Villers-Bretonneux Area, France
The following letter has been received by Mr. Joseph Kingston, Claremont from Lieutenant A. Gordon referring to the death of his son Private Chas. Eugene Kingston:-
France, 20/8/18. I have now before me the very hard task of communicating to you the details of your son's death in action on the 11th August, 1918. I say that it is a hard task, because it is so hard to realise that such a fine young man should have gone. Of your son's splendid character I will not speak. The highest words of praise would be insufficient and unfitting for your son. On the morning of the now historic 11th August our battalion attacked and beat the Hun badly on the Somme, and after we had gained all of our objectives and were consolidating our position, your son volunteered for a rather dangerous and difficult job, that of patrolling our front. It was while so engaged that your son lost his life, being shot by a German sniper. He was always cheery, no matter how hard the conditions, how terrifying the danger, always popular with those with whom he came in touch. We have good cause to regret the loss of such a fine soldier and so splendid a comrade. Again expressing my deepest sympathy with you in the great loss you have sustained.
The Mercury 22nd November 1918
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