NAME: Cyril Thomas Brackley ILES
SERVICE NO: 2388
YEAR OF BIRTH: 1890
PLACE OF BIRTH: Hamilton
DATE OF ENLISTMENT: 12 July 1915
PLACE OF ENLISTMENT: Melbourne
AGE AT ENLISTMENT: 25
UNIT: 23rd Battalion
EMBARKED: 29 September 1915
TROOPSHIP: HMAT RMS Osterley
FATE: Killed in Action – 4 August 1916 – Pozieres, France
Cyril Iles was born in Hamilton in 1890 to Thomas John Iles and Sarah Brand. The family lived in Carmichael Street and Thomas worked at the post office as a letter sorter.
By 1914, Cyril was working as a law clerk in Melbourne and living at 350 High Street, Windsor with his parents. Thomas had transferred from the Hamilton Post Office to the GPO in Melbourne after 1909.
On 12 July 1915, Cyril enlisted with the 23rd Battalion and departed on 29 September. After only a few months in Egypt, Cyril moved with the 23rd Battalion to France, arriving on 26 March 1916. The 23rd made their way to the Western Front, and it was during the period of the Battle of Pozieres, that Cyril Iles was killed on a heavy day of fighting at the Windmill on 4 August.
Five years after his death, Cyril’s family posted an “In Memorium” notice in The Argus. Around it were the tributes to many other men also killed on 4 August 1916.
A tree was planted for Cyril along Hamilton’s Anzac Avenue in 1917 and he is remembered on the Honour Roll of the Prahran RSL.
Australians on the Western Front 1914-1918 – The Windmill, Pozieres – 23rd Battalion
Australian War Memorial – 23rd Battalion
Australian War Memorial – Roll of Honour – Cyril Thomas Brackley Iles
Australian War Memorial – WW1 Embarkation Rolls – Cyril Thomas Brackley Iles
Battle of Pozieres – Australian War Memorial
Discovering Anzacs – WW1 War Service Record – Cyril Thomas Brackley Iles
Newspaper Articles – Trove Australia – Cyril Thomas Brackley Iles
The AIF Project – Cyril Thomas Brackley Iles