John Henry LILLEY MC

LILLEY, John Henry

Service Number: 641
Enlisted: 10 June 1915, Brisbane, Queensland
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 26th Infantry Battalion
Born: Waddon, Surrey, England, 12 August 1892
Home Town: Ayr, Burdekin, Queensland
Schooling: Tonbridge School, England
Occupation: Cane farmer
Died: Accidental (thrown from sulky), Ayr, Queensland, 14 August 1921, aged 29 years
Cemetery: Ayr Cemetery, Queensland
Plot: 62A
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World War 1 Service

10 Jun 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 641, Brisbane, Queensland
29 Jun 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 641, 26th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Aeneas, Brisbane
29 Jun 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 641, 26th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
13 Sep 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 641, 26th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
18 Dec 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 26th Infantry Battalion
19 Mar 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 26th Infantry Battalion
2 May 1917: Honoured Military Cross, Bullecourt (Second), 'For coolness in action and devotion to duty as Intelligence Officer for the Battalion during the period February-August 1917'
3 May 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 26th Infantry Battalion, Bullecourt (Second)
8 Nov 1918: Transferred AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 2nd Division Headquarters
5 Feb 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 26th Infantry Battalion, Appointment terminated, discharged in England

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Biography contributed by Paul Trevor

'LILLEY, John Henry, Lieut., M.C. Born in Surrey, England, in 1892, and educated at Tonbridge School. Son of H. R. B. Lilley, Tonbridge Wells, England. Enlisted as private on the 10th June, and embarked on 29th June, 1915, with the 26th Batt., and saw service in Egypt and Gallipoli with this Battalion. On the 15th March, 1916, he joined the B. E. F., and went to France as Private from 15/3/16 to 2/9/16 . Returned to France 16th January, 1917, as 2nd Lieut., and promoted to 1st Lieut, on 19th March, 1917. Was awarded the Military Cross on the 1st January, 1918, and discharged in England on the 24th February, 1919. He died on the 14th August, 1921, as a result of a sulky accident.' from Queenslanders Who Fought in the Great War. (


A tragic and fatal accident occurred last Saturday night August 13th. Mr. J. H. Lilley was driving home per sulky, and on one of the wheels getting into a deep rut, the occupant was dislodged and became tangled in the reins and wheel, being badly knocked about and sustaining internal injuries. The victim was conveyed to the Ayr Hospital, but on arrival there was beyond medical aid, and passed away, at mid-day on Sunday.' from Cairns Post 23 Aug 1921 (