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Charles Leslie BILES

Date of birth7 May 1887
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationCivil servant
AddressHotel Continental, Claremont, Western Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation29
Next of kinWife, Mrs Isabella Edith Biles, Mount Gambier, South Australia
Previous military serviceUnattd List
Enlistment date5 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentLieutenant
Unit name44th Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/61/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A29 Suevic on 6 June 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal Roll44th Battalion
Promotions

Captain


Unit: 44th Battalion
Promotion date: 30 August 1916

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross


Work at St. Yves on 4-5 June 1917
Recommendation date: 6 June 1917

FateReturned to Australia 12 June 1919
Medals

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty when in command of a company detailed to move gas cylinders from the front line. By thorough organization and personal supervision he carried out this most hazardous operation in daylight over open ground, his determination and resource being the means of averting serious casualties through the bursting of the cylinders. Previous attempts to carry out this work had failed. This officer has also distinguished himself in organizing and leading raids.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 219
Date: 20 December 1917

Military Cross

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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