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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

Howard Cecil OKES

Born 8 June 1888 in Huddlestone, South Australia [55]
Son of Holt OKES and Eliza MOTT [55]
Labourer in Carnamah, Western Australia in 1914 [19]
Enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force on 24 October 1914 [30: item 7995944]
     On enlistment he was noted as 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighing 162 lbs with brown eyes, dark brown hair and a dark complexion [30]
     In Claremont on 21 December 1914 was drafted into the Australian Army's "A" Squadron of the 10th Light Horse Regiment [30]
     Embarked Fremantle, Western Australia as a Trooper, regimental number 87, on the Mashobra on 8 February 1915 [30]
     Initially served with the "A" Squadron in Egypt; embarked from Alexandria, Egypt for Gallipoli on 14 May 1915 [30]
     Later served in Melta, before again embarking for Egypt on the H.T. Bornu on 7 December 1915 [30]
     On 10 March 1917 was transferred from the "A" Squadron of the 10th Light horse to the 3rd Light Horse Field Ambulance [30]
     Hospitalised several times due to illness; promoted to Lance Corporal on 16 January 1917 [30]
     Embarked for his return to Australia on Euripides on 14 March 1919 and disembarked in Western Australia on 10 April 1919 [30]
     Discharged from the Australian Imperial Force on 21 June 1919; received the 1914-15 Star, British War and Victory Medals [30]
Labourer in Carnamah in 1919 and 1920 [19]
By July 1920 he had left Carnamah was living in Geraldton, Western Australia[30]
     He wrote to the A.I.F. in 1920 inquiring why he hadn't received the Distinguished Conduct Medal he'd been recommended for [30]
     He was subsequently informed that no record of his recommendation existed and he presumably never received the award [30]
Later resided in the Perth suburb of Nedlands [2]
Died 14 December 1958; buried Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth (Anglican, ZK, 49) [2]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Howard Cecil Okes' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 13 July 2020 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/howard-cecil-okes [sources]




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