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 sometime 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, Cyril Iles was killed on a particularly 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.