Harold GILKES

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GILKES, Harold

Service Number: 3669
Enlisted: 1 November 1915, Holsworthy, New South Wales
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 2nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Sydney, New South Wales, 11 October 1897
Home Town: Watsons Bay, Woollahra, New South Wales
Schooling: Woolahra Public School
Occupation: Cabinet maker
Died: Killed in action, France, 24 June 1918, aged 20 years
Cemetery: La Kreule Military Cemetery, Hazebrouck
Plot I, Row F, Grave No. 12
Tree Plaque: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

1 Nov 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 3669, 19th Infantry Battalion, Holsworthy, New South Wales
12 Dec 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3669, 19th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
12 Dec 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 3669, 19th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Berrima, Sydney
24 Jun 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 3669, 2nd Infantry Battalion, "Peaceful Penetration - Low-Cost, High-Gain Tactics on the Western Front"

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Biography

"AN ONLY SON KILLED IN ACTION ON HIS WAY TO HIS LEAVE AND WEDDING" - Epitaph on grave.

Gilkes was killed in action around Méteren. After taking the line the troops were been bothered by a sniper. Lance Corporal Gilkes went out to try and have a better shot at the sniper but after not returning for a while he was found dead, shot through the head, by a small search team.