Topic: Charles Tulley

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A soldier of the Great War killed in action during the Somme battles.

Private Charles Leo Tulley – 6/2305  

Charles was born 27th March 1893 at Christchurch, second son of Amos and Emily Tulley later of Springston. He had been employed at the New Zealand Farmers Co-operative Association in Christchurch but later was working as a groom for F. G. Woodward at Templeton. He was 5ft 7in tall with a fair complexion, grey eyes and sandy hair. He also had a faint pigmented mole on right thigh.  

Charles enlisted on 26 February 1915 and was assigned to the Canterbury Infantry Regiment. He embarked with the Fifth Reinforcements on 13 June the following year, bound for Suez and Egypt. He joined the battalion at Gallipoli on 16 August 1915 but only two days later on the 16th was admitted to the Hospital ship Ulysses suffering from debility and then the following day to the general hospital with diarrhoea being discharged a month later. He was sent on the SS Suvla to Mudros for further care and recuperation on 5 October. He does not seem to have recovered well for on 6th January 1916 he was admitted to hospital in Heliopolis, Egypt with mumps and resulting complications. It was 11th February before he was well enough to re-join his unit. Two months later he sailed from Port Said on the Franconia for France and the Western Front. He was slightly wounded at Armentieres on 11 July 1916 but remained with his unit.  He was killed in action on 27 September 1916 when the New Zealand Division was involved in the Battle for Morval. His body was not recovered or identified and his name is recorded on the Caterpillar Valley Memorial to the Missing in the Somme. In New Zealand Charles is remembered on the Springston War Memorial. He is also remembered on his parent's headstone in Sydenham Cemetery.

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Charles Tulley


First Names:Charles
Last Name:Tulley
Date of Birth:27 March 1893
Place of Birth:Christchurch
Date of Death:27th September 1916
Place of Death:Morval, France
Memorial or Cemetery:Caterpillar Valley (New Zealand) Memorial to the Missing, Somme, France
Age at death:23
User Name:Selwyn Library
Occupation before enlisting:Groom
Marital Status:Single
Regiment or Service:Canterbury Infantry Regiment
Parents or Next of Kin:Son of Amos and Emily Tulley
Service Number:6/2305
Rank last held:Private
Embarkation:13 June 1915
Place of Embarkation:Wellington
Transport:Maunganui or Tahiti or Aparima
Theatres of War:Gallipoli, Somme
Cause of Death:Killed in action