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Title: Felix Giles
Known As: Giles, Felix Gordon
Rank: Major
Place of Birth: Darwin
Biographical notes: Giles was born on 23 November 1885, son of Alfred and Mary Augusta (nee Sprigg) Giles. He died on 22 June 1950. His brothers were Leslie Henry Alfred and Harold Stanage and his sister was May. Giles was educated at St Peters College, Adelaide and completed a 3 year Diploma at the School of Mines and University in electrical engineering. He married Elsie Kilpack on 24 July 1909 and raised two sons and one daughter.
Occupation: Electrical Engineer
Age at Enlistment: 28
Unit: 10th Battalion, G Company
Service: Australian Imperial Force
Date of Death: 1950-06-22
Place of Death: South Australia
Place of Burial: Church Of England Cemetery, Mitcham (S.A.)
Service History: Giles joined the South Australian Scottish Infantry in May 1908. He was promoted to Corporal on 8 March 1910, to Sergeant on 3 September 1910 and then to 2nd Lieutenant on 21 August 1911 when his regiment became the South Australian Scottish Regiment. He transferred to the 79th Infantry Battalion in 1912 as a 2nd Lieutenant and was promoted to Lieutenant on 31 January 1913. Giles was promoted to Captain during 1914 and then Major on 12 March 1916.
Related link: Recommendation
Recommendation: Distinguished Service Order
Service record
Embarkation roll
"The Postal Department", The Advertiser, 14 Jan 1903: p.6.
Group portrait of the original officers of the 10th Battalion prior to leaving Adelaide for Egypt.
Group portrait of the Headquarters Staff of the Australian Corps School.
Captain Felix Gordon Giles DSO, Officer Commanding D Company, 10th Battalion, sitting barefooted outside his dugout which has been camouflaged with tree branches
"Funeral Notice", The Advertiser, 23 June 1950: p.28.
"Soldier's Letter", Northern Territory Times and Gazette, 19 October 1916: p.8.
Recommendation: Distinguished Service Order
"10th Battalion Social", The Advertiser, 27 November 1919: p.8.
"Our Boys at the Front", Northern Territory Times and Gazette, 23 Feburary 1918: p.15.
"Electrical engineering I , Second class Felix Gordon Giles. The University examination results", The Advertiser, 26 November 1903: p.7.
Distinguished Service Order
Mena Camp, Egypt, 1914-12-25. Using a wagon as a grandstand, a group of officers of the 10th Infantry Battalion watches a battalion sports carnival at Christmas
"Letter to the editor from A. Giles, including extracts of letters received from Felix and Leslie Giles", "Our Boys at the Front", Northern Territory Times and Gazette, 6 April 1916: p.14.
Major G F Giles Commanding Officer of the 10th Battalion, standing outside the dugout of the Commanding Officer of the 10th Battalion
"Fine Officers", Northern Territory Times and Gazette, 4 January 1917: p.14.
Mention in Despatches
Nominal roll
Captain Felix Gordon Giles DSO, Officer Commanding D Company, 10th Battalion (left), with an unidentified Australian sergeant.
"Letters from Felix and Leslie Giles. Our Boys at the Front", Northern Territory Times and Gazette, 27 July 1916: p.17.
"Soldiers' Letters from the Front", Northern Territory Times and Gazette, 18 November 1915: p.18.
"Pine Creek Public School", Northern Territory Times and Gazette, December 1900: p.3.
"News & notes", Northern Territory Times and Gazette, 21 June 1917: p.12.
Official History of Australia in the War of 1914–1918 (Volume 1) The Story of ANZAC from the outbreak of war to the end of the first phase of the Gallipoli Campaign, May 4, 1915 by C.E.W. Bean. Sydney : Angus & Robertson, 1941.
Silent voices: the story of the 10th Battalion AIF in Australia, Egypt, Gallipoli, France and Belgium during the Great War 1914-1918 by Robert Kearney. French’s Forest, NSW : New Holland, 2005: p. 24, 104, 184, 241.
Fighting 10th Souvenir of the 10th Battalion, A.I.F. 1914-19 by Cecil Bert Lovell Lock. Naval and Military Press and Imperial War Museum, 200?: p.174-177.
Rosenzweig, Major Paul A. "Military history – The chase ANZACS on the third ridge." Australian Army Journal 11(2), Autumn 2005: p.227-236.
Rosenzweig, Paul A. "Adventurous roving natures : Northern Territory volunteers of 1914." Sabretache, 47(2), June 2006: p.7-21.
Related Materials: Rosenzweig, Paul A. "Decorated volunteers: two early members of the Australian Militia." The Australian Reservist : the official journal of the Defence Reserves Association, No. 6, 2003: p.28-29. Rosenzweig, Paul A. "Felix Gordon Giles DSO VD : born of the Territory, baptised at ANZAC." Journal of the Northern Territory History, No. 16, 2005: p.105-117. "Digging in and holding on." Wartime : official magazine of the Australian War Memorial, no. 50 2010: p.38-40.
metadata.territoryanzacs.dc.subject.*: World War, 1914-1918
Northern Territory
Australia. Army. Australian and New Zealand Army Corps
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