Charles Elliott BANKS was the eldest of four sons and a daughter of Charles Cecil Banks and Alice May Banks (nee Elliott) of Hampton Street, Hampton, Victoria.

He was born in Richmond, Victoria in 1895, but was educated at Sandringham State School.

At the time of his enlistment on 27 Aug 1914, he was a 19 year old clerk, 5’7 tall, weighing 10 stone, with ruddy complexion, brown eyes and dark brown hair. His mother Mrs A M Banks was listed as next of kin. Records show her later addresses as ‘Moroka’, Beach Road, Hampton and 158 Martin Street, Gandenvale. He had previously served with the Senior Cadets for two years; and was currently with the 46th Infantry, Citizen Military Forces.

Private No 741 Elliott Charles BANKS embarked with the 5th Battalion on Transport A3 Orvieto on 21 Oct 1914. He was killed in action at Gallipoli on 25 Apr 1915. He has no known grave, but is commemorated on the Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 24) Gallipoli, Turkey.

He is also commemorated on Holy Trinity Church Honour Board, Hampton; the Municipal Roll of Honour Board for the West Riding of the Shire of Moorabbin (Sandringham) and on tree No 415 of the Hampton Avenue of Honour.

Pte Banks is commemorated on the Roll of Honour at the Australian War Memorial (Panel 42)

BANKS.-Killed at the Dardanelles, on the 24th May, Charlie, dearly beloved eldest son of A. M. Banks, of Hampton, aged 20 years