Merry Christmas from the Sixth

The date on this small Christmas card is just six days after the guns fell silent on 11th November 1918. The drawing is the work of the 6th Battalion’s Regimental Quartermaster (Hon) Captain Charles H. Gould M.M. From Melbourne he enlisted late in 1914 and consequently arrived at Gallipoli a few weeks after the Landing, but in time to take part in the battle of Krithia on Cape Helles. Here, as a newly promoted sergeant he earned the Military Medal, the citation reading:

Has served with the battalion in all operations since 8th May 1915 (citation has 1916, an error). Was wounded at Cape Helles but continued to advance and remained in the firing line for three days. At Steele’s Post in July 1915 he displayed untiring energy and devotion to duty when in charge of a crater.

Gould went to France with the 6th early in 1916 and continued to serve until late in 1919 when he returned to Australia. He was also Mentioned in Despatches twice.

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