The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Odgers
First Name:
Charles Percival
Nick Name:
Charley
Rank:
Lieutenant
Regimental #:
WX9406
Classification:
Reinforcement Ofliccr (Taken on Strength at Darwin)
Company:
Battalion Headquarters, Special Reserve Battalion
Enlisted:
21.11.1940
DOB:
5.01.1919
Place of Birth:
Narrogin, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Percival William Clunes Odgers
Mothers's Name:
Florence Mary Odgers
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Taxation Department
Memorial:
Epitaph, Singapore Memorial, Column 135, Age 22.
Cause of Death:
Killed in Action
Place of Death:
South-West Bukit Timah
Date of Death:
11.02.1942

General Description

This officer was last seen with a Lewis gun across his shoulder.

Major Saggers said ” Adjutant Lt. Charley Odgers was alongside me as we approached the huts, yet like so many others his fate will always remain a mystery.”

The Odgers family resided Ensign Street, Narrogin where father Percy was employed as a Postal Assistant.  Charlie was one of four sons and one daughter born to Percy and Florence Odgers.

The Odgers family were to endure another war tragedy when son David Archibald Odgers died 21 March 1943 at Ballarat.  Leading Aircraftsman Odgers was 20 years old.  He was buried at the Ballarat New General Cemetery.

“The Argus (Melbourne 23 March 1943)

A staff pilot and a trainee were killed on Sunday when an aircraft from an RAAF station in Victoria crashed while on a training flight. They were Sgt Charles Martin Wallace, 27, single, of York (WA), and LAC David Archibald Odgers, 21, single, of Cottesloe (WA).

Inscription: Royal Australian Air Force”

 

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