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George James GILES

Regimental number4172
Place of birthBallarat Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
Address143 Mitchell Street, Brunswick, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation33
Next of kinWife, Mrs Hannah Mary Giles, 143 Mitchell Street, Brunswick, Victoria
Enlistment date16 May 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll1 August 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name29th Battalion, 10th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/46/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A16 Port Melbourne on 21 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Work at Vauvillers on 9 August 1918.
Recommendation date: 11 August 1918

FateReturned to Australia 23 June 1919

Military Medal

'At the VAUVILLERS Operations on 9th August 1918, Private GILES after several hours of very strenuous fighting, in which he displayed remarkable courage and coolness, whilst under very heavy artillery and Machine Gun fire, was amongst the few of his Platoon who were not wounded when the final objective was reached. During the work of consolidating several of his comrades, whilst covering the working party, were wounded by snipers, who were operating from concealed positions at very close range. Private GILES though not a Stretcher Bearer, and in spite of the fact that he was almost exhausted, went forward and succeeded in dressing the wounds of his comrades. He organised stretcher parties and personally assisted to remove the wounded to a place of safety. By so doing he undoubtedly saved the lives of several men. Through the whole operation he displayed true soldierly courage and coolness under most exceptional circumstances. By his own efforts he did much to help his Platoon to eventual victory, and his voluntary work amongst the wounded was an act of true gallantry.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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