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Henry John GILES

Regimental number233
Place of birthNorthampton, England
Age on arrival in Australia21
ReligionChurch of England
AddressDavis Street, Leichhardt, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25.9
Height5' 3"
Weight145 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Mary Jane Giles, Davis Street, Leichhardt, Sydney, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date24 February 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name19th Battalion, A Company
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT Ceramic on 25 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll19th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 18 August 1916

Military Medal

For conspicuous gallantry in action near Warlencourt in charge of a bombing attack on Malt Trench.
Recommendation date: 14 March 1917

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 30107 (1 June 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169 (4 October 1917).

FateDied of wounds 1 September 1918
Place of death or woundingMont St Quentin, France
Age at death28
Age at death from cemetery records28
Place of burialSt Sever Cemetery Extension (Block R, Plot II, Row R, Grave No. 16), Rouen, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Commemorated in Rookwood Cemetery, Sydney, New South Wales. Parents: Henry and Mary GILES, 'St. Quentin', Charlotte Street, Leichhardt, New South Wales. Photo: Andrew Richardson

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry in action near WARLENCOURT on 28th February, 1917. This N.C.O. was in charge of a bombing attack on MALT TRENCH. He showed great coolness and courage and under the most adverse conditions (the approaches and in places being waste deep in mud) set a fine example of fortitude. During the whole of the operations this N.C.O. was untiring and set a splendid example to his men.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 140
Date: 27 August 1917

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, GILES Henry John

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