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John MILNES

Regimental number3276
Place of birthStrathalbyn, South Australia
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationClerk
AddressStrathalbyn, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 8.75"
Weight141 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs M Milnes, Strathalbyn, South Australia
Previous military serviceServed in C Company, 74th Infantry, Citizen Military Forces; still serving at time of AIF enlistment.
Enlistment date30 August 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll10 August 1915
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name12th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/29/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A24 Benalla on 27 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll52nd Battalion
FateKilled in Action 3-4 September 1916
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)Date of fate incorrectly recorded on Nominal Roll as 24 April 1917.
Place of burialCourcelette British Cemetery (Plot VI, Row B, Grave No. 12), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
155
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Allotted to and proceeded to join 52nd Bn, Tel el Kebir, 3 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 5 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 12 June 1916.

Reported wounded in action, 3-4 September 1916; further report stated: 'Seen wounded[,] probably never reached dressing stn.' Subsequent report: 'Previously reported wounded and missing in action[;] now reported Killed in Action.'

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 24 April 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action 3-4 September 1916.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, MILNES John

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