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William Luke MILES

Regimental number3863
Place of birthKamarooka Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Next of kinFather, Mark Miles, Kamarooka PO, Kamarooka, Victoria
Enlistment date22 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name21st Battalion, 9th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/38/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A69 Warilda on 8 February 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll24th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 8 July 1918

FateReturned to Australia 19 April 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in Victorian Garden of Remembrance

Military Medal

'During the attack near VILLERS BRETONNEUX on 4th July, 1918 this soldier, with a N.C.O. was running a line to Company Headquarters. They came in contact with a party of the enemy who had been missed by the advancing waves. Three Germans immediately opened fire with rifles and bombs and wounded the N.C.O. Private MILES rushed them single-handed and, throwing a bomb in their midst completely demoralised them. Help arrived shortly afterwards and the remainder of the party were wither killed or taken prisoner.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No 23
Date: 12 February 1919

Family/military connectionsBrother: 2455 Private Alfred Edgar MILES, 60th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement, killed in action 29 September 1918, France. Cousins: 348 Able Bodied Driver Walter MILES, 1st Royal Australian Naval Bridging Train, returned to Australia 6 June 1918; 319 Able Bodied Driver Alfred Ernest MILES, 1st Royal Australian Naval Bridging Train, returned to Australia 12 May 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death30 May 1975
Place of burialBendigo Cemetery

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