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John Henry LILLEY

Place of birthWadden, Surrey, England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationCane farmer
AddressAyr, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height6' 0.5"
Weight145 lbs
Next of kinFather, H R B Lilley, 13 Leadenhall Street, London, England
Previous military serviceServed for 2 years in Officer Training Corps, Tunbridge School, England.
Enlistment date10 June 1915
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name26th Battalion, Headquarters
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/43/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 29 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll26th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross

'For coolness in action and devotion to duty as Intelligence Officer for the Battalion during the period February-August 1917. He displayed great coolness under heavy shell fire during attacks on MALT TRENCH (near WARLENCOURT) on 2/3/17, LAGNICOURT on 28/3/17, and BULLECOURT on 2/5/17, and showed untiring energy in collecting, collating, and verifying intelligence, being personally congratulated by G.O.C. 7th A.I. Brigade on the excellent manner in which his reports were furnished.'
Recommendation date: 8 September 1917

FateDischarged 24 February 1919
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)Final rank incorrectly recorded on Nominal Roll as 2nd Lieutenant.

Military Cross

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No 57
Date: 18 April 1918

Discharge date24 February 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 4 September 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria from Mudros, 9 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 15 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 21 March 1916.

Transferred to England, 2 September1916, and admitted to Officers' Cadet School, Trinity College, Cambridge, for training for commission, 5 September 1916.

Having passed as qualified for commision, appointed to be 2nd Lieutenant, 18 December 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 16 January 1917; taken on strength, 26th Bn, in the field, 20 January 1917.

Promoted Lieutenant, 19 March 1917.

Admitted to 4th Australian Field Ambulance, 4 April 1917 (mumps); discharged to duty, 23 April 1917; rejoined Bn, 24 April 1917.

Wounded in action, remained at duty, 3 May 1917.

Detached to Corps Intelligence School, 3 July 1917; rejoined Bn, in the field, 19 July 1917.

Detached for duty, and proceeded to join 7th Training Bn, Rollestone, England, 15 August 1917.

Marched out to Overseas Training Brigade, Longbridge Deverill, 8 November 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 27 November 1917; rejoined Bn, Belgium, 29 November 1917.

Detached to 8th Field Artillery Brigade, 30 November 1917; rejoined Bn from detachment, 4 December 1917.

Detached to Corps School, 30 December 1917; rejoined Bn from detachment, 5 January 1918.

Awarded Military Cross.

On leave to Englad, 20 January 1918; rejoined Bn from leave, 6 February 1918.

Admitted to 5th Australian Field Ambulance, 12 April 1918 (tonsilitis), and transferred to 20th Casualty Clearing Station, and then to 2nd Stationary Hospital, Abbeville; discharged to Base Depot, 18 April 1918; rejoined Bn, 6 May 1918.

Detached to Army Signals School, 5 July 1918; rejoined Bn from detachment, 20 August 1918.

On leave to England, 24 August 1918; rejoined Bn from leave, 10 September 1918.

Admitted to 7th Field Ambulance, 21 September 1918 (epididymitis), and transferred to 41st Stationary Hospital; to Ambulance Train, 22 September 1918, and admitted to 8th General Hospital, 23 September 1918 (venereal disease); to 39th General Hospital, Havre, 23 September 1918; discharged, 8 November 1918; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 49 days.

Rejoined Bn, 9 November 1918.

Appointment terminated in England (demobilised), 24 February 1919.

Medals: Military Cross, 1914-5 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, LILLEY John Henry

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