Saturday, 25 April 2020

KILLED IN ACTION - GALLIPOLI

CHARLES ANDREW LA NAUZE


Date of birth16 September 1882
Place of birthMauritius
SchoolRoyal College, Mauritius
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationAccountant
Address116 Piesse Street, Boulder, Western Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation32
Next of kinWife, Mrs R La Nauze, 116 Piesse Street, Boulder, Western Australia
Enlistment date25 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentLieutenant
Unit name11th Battalion, F Company
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 2 November 1914


From the Kalgoorlie Miner Friday 9 July 1915.

Goldfields Casualties.
Captain La Nauze - Killed In Action At Gallipoli - 28th June 1915.
The notification of Captain C. R. La Nauze's death in yesterday's `Miner` caused widespread regret at Boulder, where he was particularly well known and respected. The flag was flown at half-mast on the Town Hall throughout the day.
The messages of condolence received by his wife, who, with her two little children, have to bear up against the sad, intelligence, were numerous, and expressive of his honourable end.
The words `killed in action` certainly tend to lighten sorrow's burden, but to close friends and relations death, even on the field of honour, is a sad event when it removes such a universally respected young man. Patriotism to King and country was his sole aim in leaving with the first expeditionary force, and his enthusiasm and wealth of military knowledge, always at the disposal of the local forces, where his name stood for honourable action, will be an irreparable loss. He left here as Lieutenant under Captain Leane. of Boulder, both fast friends in the private as well as the military sphere, but his abilities soon, gained his promotion to the captain's rank - a privilege, unfortunately, he was destined not long to enjoy. "You will be pleased to hear I gained my captaincy ; it came out today," he wrote to his wife, in a letter received on June 20. The information was heralded with enthusiasm by all who had followed the young, officer's career, and further distinction was looked for in the future. In all his letters Captain La Nauze exhibited a full and cheerful spirit, as the following extract from one recently to hand shows : "I am writing this in a "dug out." Shrapnel is bursting over head merrily varied by the "twit twit" of the Maxim and the sharp burst of the explosive bullet. I have not had a wash since landing. Still I am feeling well on bully beef and biscuit, varied occasionally with bacon, cheese and jam, and am as fit as a fiddle. Leane and I `dig it` together, and manage very well." In another letter the late captain said: "'The 3rd Brigade is feeling very proud of itself, I can tell you. Since landing it has been dig, dig, dig, and fight, fight, fight. The navy is simply raving about us, and all the generals are showering 'soft soap' on us." Captain La Nauze was only about 28 years of age. News of his death is certainly sad news and it shows that Australia is giving her best in assistance to the Empire which is straining itself to prevent the onrush of the most barbarous foe of civilised times. 



Captain La Nauze's Memorial at Boroondara Cemetery

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