Justin Thomas Augustine HANLEY MM


HANLEY, Justin Thomas Augustine

Service Number: 349
Enlisted: 19 August 1914, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 50th Infantry Battalion
Born: Norwood, South Australia, 12 March 1892
Home Town: Adelaide, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Mechanic - Salesman
Died: Killed in Action, Westhoek Ridge, Belgium , 27 September 1917, aged 25 years
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

19 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Adelaide, South Australia
20 Oct 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 349, 10th Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres
20 Oct 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 349, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ascanius, Adelaide
24 May 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 349, 50th Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres

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"...349 Corporal (Cpl) Justin Thomas Augustin Hanley MM, 50th Battalion from Stockdale, South Australia. A 22 year old mechanic prior to enlisting on 19 August 1914, he embarked for overseas as a Private with G Company, 10th Battalion from Adelaide on 20 October 1914 aboard HMAT Ascanius. While serving at Gallipoli, he was promoted to Lance Corporal on 15 July 1915 and then taken ill and evacuated to Egypt on 2 August 1915. He remained in Egypt and transferred to the 50th Battalion on 26 February 1916 and went with them to France in June 1916. While serving in France, he was awarded a Military Medal for conspicuous bravery on operations near Mouquet Farm between 12 and 15 August 1916. After holding temporary ranks, he was promoted to Corporal on 1 March 1917 and to Sergeant (Sgt) on 24 May 1917. Sgt Hanley was killed in action at Westhoek Ridge, Belgium on 27 September 1917 and is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial at Ypres, Belgium with others who have no known grave." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)



Cpl. Justin Hanley, who enlisted at the beginning of the war, wrote to his parents from the battlefront on August 30, enclosing the ribbon of the Military Medal, which had been presented to him on the field by Gen. Birdwood, who in an address said that the record of the brave work of Cpl. Hanley and others had been placed before the King, and that His Majesty had been pleased to approve of the decoration represented by the ribbon being conferred. The medal itself would be sent to him later. The following card of congratulation was presented to him in the presence of the whole brigade by Major-Gen. Sir H. V. Cox, commanding officer of the 4th Australian Division:—

"No. 349, Cpl. J. T. A. Hanley, Congratulations on his con- spicuous bravery, untiring energy, and de- votion to duty during August 12 to August 15, 1916. Place, B.E.F. France. Date, August 23, 1916. (Signed) H. V. Cox, Major-General."

Since the receipt of the letter the parents of Cpl. Hanley have re- ceived a cablegram saying that their son had been wounded." - from the Adelaide Register 28 Oct 1916 (nla.gov.au)