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Harry George AYRES

Regimental number34
Place of birthActon, London, England
Place of birthLondon, England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation33
Height5' 9"
Weight170 lbs
Next of kinHenry Ayres, 5 Princess Road, Acton, London, England
Previous military serviceServed with the 9th Lancers (8 years with the Colours; 4 with the Reserves); time expired.
Enlistment date18 August 1914
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentCorporal
Unit name4th Light Horse Regiment, Machine Gun Section
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/9/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board TRANSPORT A18 Wiltshire on 19 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollCompany Sergeant Major
Unit from Nominal Roll22nd Corps Light Horse Regiment
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Unspecified


Recommendation date: 27 July 1918

FateReturned to Australia 23 October 1918
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)DCM
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Henry and Hloe AYRES; Wife: Jane AYRES
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During an attack, when a Hotchkiss gun was put out of action through casualties to the team, he left his position with the lead horses, galloped out to the gun under heavy fire, and remained there working it until another team could be organized to relieve him. Throughout the operations his courage and resourcefulness and devotion to duty were most marked.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 4 March 1919

Military Medal


Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62
Date: 19 April 1917

Discharge date23 February 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 9 May 1915.

Appointed Sergeant, Gaba Tepe, 19 May 1915.

Admitted to No 1 General Hospital, Heliopolis, 6 August 1915 (rheumatism); transferred to A&NZ Convalescent Depot, Helouan, 12 August 1915; discharged to duty, 20 August 1915; rejoined Regiment, Anzac, 17 September 1915.

Wounded in action, 17 September 1915 (shrapnel wound, left knee: slight); transferred to Malta, 23 September 1915, and admitted to Military Hospital, St Elmo; transferred to Ghain Tuffieha, 1 October 1915; to England, 26 October 1915, and admitted to Beaufort War Hospital, Bristol, 4 November 1915.

Embarked to join Egyptian Expeditionary Force, 28 March 1916; disembarked Alexandria, 29 April 1916.

Rejoined 4th Light Horse Regiment, 4 May 1916, and posted to D Squadron.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 10 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 17 June 1916.

Taken on strength, 2nd Anzac Mounted Regiment, 7 July 1916.

Promoted Squadron Sergeant Major, 2 September 1916.

Awarded Military Medal.

Proceeded on leave, 30 November 1916; rejoined Regiment from leave, 13 December 1916.

Proceeded on leave, 9 August 1917; rejoined Regiment from leave, 21 August 1917.

On leave to England, 9 February 1918; rejoined 22nd Corps Light Horse Regiment from leave, 26 February 1918.

Detached to 49th Division, 28 March 1918; rejoined Regiment from detachment, 12 April 1918.

On leave to United Kingdom, 7 September 1918; rejoined Regiment from leave, 24 September 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Port Lyttleton', 23 October 1918; disembarked Melbourne, 25 December 1918; discharged (medically unfit), Melbourne, 23 February 1919.

Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death6 June 1926
Age at death45
Place of burialFawkner Cemetery, Melbourne, Victoria
SourcesNAA: B2455, AYRES Harry George

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