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Harold John Hilton SPIES

Regimental number1770
Place of birthInverell New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressHypatia, Old Canterbury Road, Lewisham, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation29
Next of kinMrs C Spies, Hypatia, Old Canterbury Road, Lewisham, New South Wales
Enlistment date28 May 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name20th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/37/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A61 Kanowna on 19 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal RollAustralian Base Depot
FateDischarged 27 July 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'On the afternoon of 14th May, 1918, near VAUX-SUR-SOMME, this soldier, during a heavy concentrated bombardment on the Battalion position, on his own initiative went out and personally attended to 6 men who had become casualties, and directed many others to a place of safety. His coolness and utter contempt for personal danger was most inspiring, and his prompt action was undoubtedly responsible for saving the lives of many of his comrades.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

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