Military Medal: 1004 **– L.CPL-C. STEWART 37/AUST:INF. BWM: 1004 L/CPL C. STEWART. 37 BN. AIF.
'In the Operation at CLERY on the 29th/30th August 1918, this Non Commissioned Officer, showed great courage and initiative. An enemy party of about 20 bombers advanced on and bombed the post which he commanded. He continually kept his Lewis Gun in action forcing the enemy bombers to take shelter and organizing his gun team as a bombing party rushed forward with them succeeding in completely destroying the enemy bombing party. He did very good work in previous Operations at BRAY and SUZANNE as No. 2 of a Lewis gun team.'
Charles Stewart enlisted 14th Feb 1916. In February 1917 the 37th Battalion provided 400 troops, with a similar party from the 38th Battalion, to form a special raiding “battalion”. After several weeks of training this force staged a single 35-minute raid on the night of 27 February and was then disbanded. Pte Stewart was WIA during this raid and twice more before the end of the War
Partial erasure of details after number and before ‘-L.CPL’ on MM. enough can be seen to see that the original naming was ‘PTE-L.CPL’, obviously Stewart only wished his NCO rank on the medal! Victory medal is missing – not entitled to 1914-15 Star
Condition VF, nice toning to medals. Sold with good deal of research, including papers on CD.