Charles Ferrari

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History

Charles Ferrari was born in 1885 at Smeaton[1] to Swiss born Andrea Ferrari and Luigia Vanina of Hepburn. At the time of Ferrari's World War One enlistment he was a 30 year old labourer and miner, who was married to Eliza Jane Ferrari of 64 Burwood Road, Hawthorn, Victoria.[2]

Military Experience

Charlie Ferrari (3930) was a sergeant during World War One, enlisting in Melbourne on 26 February 1916. Starting as a member of the 5th Tunnelling Company, he was taken on strength into the 2nd Tunnelling Company on 29 September 1916.[3] Ferrari sailed for Europe on the HMAT Warilda, disembarking at Plymouth on 18 July 1916.

Sapper Ferrari was promoted to 2nd Corporal on 20 April 1917, and Corporal on 21 December 1917. On 28 September 1918 Ferrari was promoted to Temporary Sergeant, and Sergeant on 04 April 1919.

He returned to Australia on board the Aeneas.[4]

Awards

Charles Ferrari won the Military Medal medal.[5]

The following is the action for which the Military Medal was awarded:

For gallantry in the field and devotion to duty. Bridge No 60 at LA MOTTE, East of Amiens on the night of 6/7th May 1918 was struck by a shell. This bridge was charged for demolition. Ten charges and the electric leads were set alight, one charge exploded, and Cpl FERRARI with three of N.C.O.s regardless of all danger, extinguished the burning charges and leads. This action undoubtedly saved the bridge.[6]

Legacy

Tree number 75 was planted for Charles Ferrari in the Daylesford Avenue of Honour.[7]

See also

Australian Mining Corps

Awards & Honors

References

  1. Victorian Birth, Death and Marriages Registration Records (No. 28902)
  2. NAA B2455: FERRARI C
  3. Gervasoni, Clare, Bullboar, Marcaroni and Mineral Water" Spa Country's Swiss and Italian Story, 2nd Edition, Hepburn Springs Swiss Italian Festa Committee, 2007, p.114 AND NAA B2455: FERRARI C
  4. NAA B2455: FERRARI C
  5. Gervasoni, Clare, Bullboar, Marcaroni and Mineral Water" Spa Country's Swiss and Italian Story, 2nd Edition, Hepburn Springs Swiss Italian Festa Committee, 2007, p.114.
  6. NAA B2455: FERRARI C
  7. Gervasoni, Clare, Bullboar, Marcaroni and Mineral Water" Spa Country's Swiss and Italian Story, 2nd Edition, Hepburn Springs Swiss Italian Festa Committee, 2007, p.114.

Other links

Dossier - http://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/SearchNRetrieve/Interface/ViewImage.aspx?B=3554111


C. Gervasoni, 02 November 2016


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