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John MILES

Regimental number2244
Date of birth11 May 1890
Place of birthMelsham, England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
Address49 Bathurst Street, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinMother, Mrs Eliza Cummins, 75 Westminster Row, Lower Edminton, London, England
Enlistment date19 April 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll13 April 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name1st Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/18/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A63 Karoola on 16 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal


'Conspicuous bravery during operations against Pozieres, 22-26 July 1916.'
Recommendation date: 1 August 1916

FateReturned to Australia 28 August 1917
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry during an attack as Battalion Runner. The wires were cut, and he carried messages alone for several hours continuously over long spaces of open ground swept by heavy shell fire. He was wounded carrying his last message.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 184
Date: 14 December 1916

Discharge date28 November 1917
Other details

Hospitalised at Harefield, England. Lost right eye

Served 2 years 221 days (2 years 133 days of which were spent abroad)
Date of death2 June 1976
Age at death86
Place of burialWoronora General Cemetery, Sydney, New South Wales. Cremated and ashes placed in Niche 356, Panel 16, Wall of Memories

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