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Town Hall, 333 Bay Street, Port Melbourne

Yern, Charles William Harry (5243)

Place of Birth: Melbourne, VIC

Age: 23 years 11 months

Enlistment Details: Monday, 17 January 1916 – Bendigo, VIC

Service Number: 5243            view online service record

cnr Union & Harvey Streets
Golden Square, Bendigo, VIC

Next of Kin:
Hermina Augusta Ermel (mother)
8 Clifford Street
Port Melbourne, VIC

Embarkation Details:
Date: Saturday, 1 April 1916
Ship: HMAT Suffolk A23
Port: Melbourne, VIC
Unit: 6th Infantry Battalion – 16th Reinforcements

KIA: Monday, 15 April 1918
Place: France

Brother/Step-Brother: George Henry Ermel (5070)

Private, 6 Infantry, killed in action, 15 April, 1918, France, aged 26, commemorated Outtersteene Communal Cemetery Extension, Bailleul, Nord Pas de Calais, France.

Parents: John (late) and Hermina Augusta YERN (previously ERMEL), born Port Melbourne, educated Violet Street SS, Bendigo. Yern enlisted as a 23-year-old labourer from Golden Square in Bendigo; his mother returned the circular from 262 Bay Street, Port Melbourne with Bendigo shown as her late son’s closest place of association, A Death Notice (The Age, 4 May, 1918) has him as “… beloved eldest son of Hermina, beloved stepson of late George ERMEL, brother of Alvina and George, late 6th Battalion (returned), Arthur and Ina” The family structure is somewhat unclear without a detailed examination – the George referred to was 18-year-old George Henry ERMEL, his mother Mrs H A (Hermina Augusta?) ERMEL, 8 Clifford Street, Port Melbourne.

Additional research by Brian Membrey

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