Next of kin plaque : Private Charles Gustus Greenham, 14th Battalion, AIF

Place Middle East: Ottoman Empire, Turkey, Dardanelles, Gallipoli, Anzac Area (Gallipoli), Shrapnel Gully Area, Shrapnel Gully
Accession Number REL/15351
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Heraldry
Physical description Bronze
Place made United Kingdom: England, Greater London, London
Date made c 1921-1922
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Bronze next of kin plaque, showing on the obverse, Britannia holding a laurel wreath, the British lion, dolphins, a spray of oak leaves and the words 'HE DIED FOR FREEDOM AND HONOUR' around the edge. Beneath the main figures, the British lion defeats the German eagle. The initials 'ECP', for the designer Edward Carter Preston appear above the lion's right forepaw. A raised rectangle above the lion's head bears the name 'CHARLES GUSTUS GREENHAM'.

History / Summary

Born in Dartmoor, Victoria, Charles Gustus 'Gus' Greenham was farming at Wando Vale when he when he enlisted in the AIFat nearby Casterton on 11 September 1914. According to his father, he was 'very anxious to strike a blow for the cause of justice'. Although he was a Sunday school teacher at the local Presbyterian church, Greenham had recently completed a year at the Salvation Army Training College.

After initial training Greenham was posted a private, service number 58, to A Company, 14th Battalion. He sailed from Melbourne with his unit on 22 December, aboard HMAT A38 Ulysses.