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Norman John GILLIES

Regimental number4429
Place of birthPort Pirie South Australia
ReligionMethodist
OccupationFarmer
AddressYork, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinSister, Grace Gillies, Brookton, Western Australia
Enlistment date14 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name28th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/45/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A9 Shropshire on 31 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Pioneer Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Valuable services, showing conspicuous coolness and devotion to duty.
Recommendation date: 30 August 1916

FateReturned to Australia 15 February 1918
Medals

Military Medal

'On 26th August, 1916, Private GILLEIS was left on the LA BOISSELLE - CONTALMAISON ROAD at head of SAUSAGE VALLEY in charge of four horses, and while there the enemy suddenly opened a very heavy artillery barrage on the road where he was waiting. The shells fell all round, three of the horses were slightly wounded (one in two places) and some fragments struck GILLIES' steel helmet. There were recesses in the Northern bank of the road in which GILLIES himself might have crouched for shelter, but he stuck to the frightened horses until the shelling shifted down the valley and he was able to move westward. Statement by two Officers of the Reserve Army Staff who witnessed the incident is attached hereto.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62
Date: 19 April 1917

Other details

War service: Western Front

Military Medal, Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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