Charles Herbert Cane

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Private Charles Herbert Cane. Image courtesy Australian War Memorial

CANE, Charles Herbert

Service no: 1116 [1]

Place of birth: Bateman’s Bay, 1894

Address: Unknown

Occupation: Labourer

Next of kin: Harry Kane (brother), Post Office, Orange, later Constance E. Cane (sister), c/- Mrs Hall, 77 Gerard Street, Alexandria

Date of enlistment: 21 October 1914

Place of enlistment: Liverpool

Age at enlistment: 21

Fate: Embarked HMAT Themistocles A32, Melbourne, 22 December 1914. Killed in action, Gallipoli, Turkey.

Date of death: 27 April 1915

Buried: No known grave

When Charles Herbert Cane enlisted in October 1914 he nominated his brother Harry in Orange as his next of kin.

A labourer in Victoria prior to enlistment, Charles embarked HMAT Themistocles in Melbourne on 22 December 1914. Private Cane served in the 2nd Battalion at Gallipoli, where he was killed in action on 27 April 1915.

Charles’ and Harry’s brother, Henry Wilson Cane, also enlisted in WWI. Henry was hospitalised whilst in camp at Broadmeadows in Victoria. He died on 23 May 1915; his service records cite measles and bronchopneumonia as his cause of death.

It is not clear what brought Harry to Orange, or how long he stayed. Census records indicate that he was no longer living in Orange in 1915 or 1916.

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