On Tuesday, 26 February 2019 we honoured Sergeant Charles Franklyn Fuhrmann at a Last Post Ceremony.
Born in 1879 in Drouin, Victoria, Charles was a 26 year old accountant who had been an employee of the NT Railway before enlisting to the AIF – the Australian Imperial Forces – in September 1915.
On the 22nd of November 1915, Charles left Fremantle aboard the RMS Mongolia, where he initially joined the 3rd Depot Squadron Light Horse before transferring to the 10th Light Horse Regiment.
The 10th Australian Light Horse Regiment was the only AIF light horse regiment recruited in Western Australia during the First World War. The regiment was raised in October 1914 when it became apparent that Western Australia could provide more than a single squadron of mounted soldiers. The regiment joined the 3rd Light Horse Brigade in Egypt and served dismounted at Gallipoli.
In 1917 they were part of the Desert Column that advanced into Palestine. The regiment participated in the bloody battles to break the Gaza-Beersheba line and helped capture Jerusalem. They participated in the Es Salt Raid in May 1918. In August they were one of the regiments re-equipped with swords and rifle boots, and retrained to take a more orthodox cavalry role.
During his service Charles was promoted through the ranks to be sergeant, the rank he held when he died in August 1918 of pneumonia. He is buried in the Jerusalem War Cemetery, Israel.
His name is listed on the Cenotaph, amongst fellow Territorians who died while serving. His is but one of the many stories of service and sacrifice to be told here at the Cenotaph.