THE PRO PATRIA PROJECT
CHARTERS Alexander Burnet
10/1168, Lieutenant Colonel, 1st Battalion, Otago Regiment

CITATION
Companion of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George (CMG)
Gazetted 3 June 1916, p5560
Commanding NZ Advanced Base Depot Alexandria upon whom all arrangements for the receipt and despatch of details, sick, wounded and convalescent revolves; also matters connected with the comfort of the sick and the wounded, has worked indefatigably.

Distinguished Service Order
Gazetted 1 January 1918, p29
Operations Messines – 7th to 12th June 1917, and operations opposite Warneton 14th to 19th June 1917.  As Officer Commanding the 1st Otago Battalion, Lieutenant Colonel Charters has always displayed the highest qualities of organisation which established the advanced line of assembly trenches opposite Messines preparatory to the attack. During th battle itself on 7th June he commanded his Battalion with conspicuous success and showed fine qualities of leadership.  He personally went forward under heavy artillery barrage to ensure connection with the  Division to his left, and on the night of the 8th June during the heavy counter-attack, at great personal risk made a valuable reconnaissance without orders from any superior authority, to satisfy himself and the Brigade that the troops on his left front were not retiring, but that a relief was taking place.  This information was of the highest value as the situation at that moment was very obscure.  During the whole of the battle Lieutenant Colonel Charters moved about among his men inspiring them with confidence and setting a marvellous example of cheerfulness.  During the later operations opposite Warneton he again led his Battalion forward with great gallantry and seized a line of posts in the final objective.  Her again personally reconnoitred the line and was present during its consolidation.  Later during August after the capture of La Basse Ville Lieutenant Colonel Charters personally supervised the scouting of the advance line, his Battalion carrying out the work with the greatest success under heavy machine-gun and shell-fire.

Mention in Despatches
Gazetted 5 November 1915, p11003
Mentioned in General I. Hamilton’s despatch of 26th August 1915 (Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean Expeditionary Force).

Mention in Despatches
Gazetted 21 June 1916, p6183
In connection with administration in Egypt.

Mention in Despatches
Gazetted 4 January 1917, p261
Lieutenant Colonel Charters took over command of the 1/Battalion Otago Regiment when the Brigade returned  to Egypt after the evacuation of ANZAC.  He has built up this Battalion.  He is capable of industriousness and has proved himself in the operationsnear Flers from 16th to 28th September, to be thoroughly reliable in action.

Mention in Despatches
Gazetted 28 December 1917, p13575
Mentioned in Field Marshall D. Haig’s despatch of 7 November 1917 for distinguished and gallant service and devotion to duty during the period 26th February to midnight 20th/21st September 1917.


AWARDS
Companion of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George
Distinguished Service Order
Queen’s South Africa Medal
       Cape Colony, Transvaal, South Africa 1902
1914-15 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal
       Mention in Despatches (4)
Colonial Auxiliary Forces Decoration
Colonial Auxiliary Forces Long Service Medal
New Zealand Long and Efficient Service Medal
New Zealand Volunteer Service Medal

NOTES
Born 1876, Christchurch, New Zealand
Died 10 May 1948, Wellington, New Zealand