Thanks for the info both of you
The chap Im researching is
Name: JUDE, CHARLES HENRY
Initials: C H
Regiment/Service: Australian Infantry, A.I.F.
Unit Text: 17th Bn.
Date of Death: 26/08/1916
Service No: 2156
Additional information: Son of Samuel and Sarah Jude, of Southbrink, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, England.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Memorial: VILLERS-BRETONNEUX MEMORIAL
I do not have the history of the 3rd Battalion but I do have that of the 17th.
'The Story of the Seventeenth Battalion A.I.F. In the Great War 1914 -1918 by Lieutenant-Colonel K. W. Mackenzie, M.C.
The date of 26/08/1916 is overlooked but the relevent passages read:
" August 16th and 17th found the Seventeenth once more on the move to the forward area, in the vicinity of Pozieres. After a night in Sausage Gully the Battalion took over the Sunken Road Trench, near Pozieres Village, and remained there until the 23rd, when it was relieved by the Nineteenth Battalion, in the front line. Two days later the 5th Brigade was withdrawn to Tara Hill to act as a Divisional reserve. On the 28th the Battalion moved back to Warloy, where it stayed until the 31st.
( Deleted paragraph by me............)
Casualties suffered by the Seventeenth were as follows:-
Officers: two killed and eleven wounded. Other ranks: sixty-four killed and 339 wounded. One other rank was reported missing."
Perhaps Chris your missing man is the one referred to in the last sentence?
Lest We Forget