PREVIOUS SERVICE – BOER WAR SOUTH AFRICA – 2 Years.

5/05/1915- Allotted to 7th Reinforcements 11th Battalion Blackboy Hill WA as Private
25/06/1915- Embarked Fremantle WA aboard ” Karoola ” bound for Egypt
19/07/1915- Disembarked Alexandria ex Australia to Overseas Training Base
31/07/1915- Embarked Alexandria with Mediterranean Expeditionary Forces bound for Gallipoli Peninsula
4/08/1915- Joined 11th Battalion in the field Gallipoli
6/08/1915- Wounded in Action Anzac Gallipoli ( Bullet Wound penetrating Right Chest through Liver between 7th and 8th Ribs ) admitted 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Station then admitted Hospital Ship
10/08/1915- Evacuated/Admitted 1st Australian General Hospital Heliopolis Egypt
11/08/1915- Transferred to No. 3 Aux Hospital Heliopolis
21/08/1915- Transferred to Australia & New Zealand Convalescent Depot Helouan Egypt
24/08/1915- Discharged to Duty Zeitoun Camp Egypt
14/09/1915- Re-admitted 1st Australian General Hospital Heliopolis for Completion of Medical Board Report , then transferred to No. 1 Aux Hospital
22/09/1915-  Medical Board Report found soldier was Unfit for further active service and Recommended his early Return to Australia
8/10/1915- Transferred to Concentration Camp Suez Egypt
31/10/1915- Embarked Egypt aboard ” Aeneas ” ( Invalided to Australia for Discharge ).

10/02/1916- Private HALES underwent a Medical Board Examination at No. 8 Australian General Hospital Fremantle WA, where it was determined ” Cleared for Active Duty – Bullet still embedded, but causes No Pain ”
17/04/1916- Embarked Fremantle WA aboard ” Aeneas ” bound for Egypt
16/05/1916- Disembarked Alexandria ex Australia to Overseas Training Base
6/06/1916- Embarked Alexandria with British Expeditionary Forces bound for Plymouth England
21/08/1916- Joined 51st Battalion in the field France ex 4th Australian Division Base Depot France
3/09/1916- Killed in Action Mouquet Farm France.

REPORTS OF SOLDIER’S DEATH

Informant – CULVERWELL, Lieut. F.H. – 51st Battalion – ” Private HALES was killed whilst guiding reinforcements to the front line at Mouquet Farm, he having volunteered for this risky undertaking. I was with the party when he fell and can assure you his  was an instant and painless end. He served in the South African campaign and returned to Australia from Gallipoli, wounded, but subsequently rejoined us in France”.

 

Informant – HACK, Cpl. C – 2892 – 51st Battalion Machine Gun Section AIF – ” HALES was directing a party  , with ammunition, to Mouquet Farm. They were dodging from one shell hole to another, under heavy fire. While gathered in one of these holes  a shell dropped on them, and killed all, except CULVERWELL.  HALES was in the 2nd Reinforcements, 51st Battalion, and joined up at Bonneville France. He had previously been in Gallipoli and invalided to Australia “.

 

SERVICE MEDALS AWARDED

1914/15 Star – No. 4808

British War Medal – No. 14949

Victory Medal – No. 14889

Memorial Plaque/Scroll – No. 317109.

 

MEMORIAL INSCRIPTIONS

Manjimup War Memorial WA

Australian War Memorial Canberra ACT – Panel No. 152

Villers-Brettoneux Memorial France.