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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Jack" John Edward ILES

Born 10 April 1883 in Cottesloe, Western Australia [P47]
Son of Francis ILES and Mary ROACH [15]
His brothers Ernest and Francis joined to serve in the Boer War, however he was underage so stowed away on a ship at age 16 [P47]
Corporal 2240 in the South African Light Horse in South Africa during the Boer War [P47]
His brother Ernest George ILES was Killed in Action during the Boer War at Jagersfontein, South Africa on 24 August 1900 [18]
Returned to Western Australia and married Maud Victoria HAWKINS in Perth in 1906 [P47]
Plasterer/Modeller for a firm in Perth that made statues, ceiling roses and the like [P47]
Resided on Scarborough Street in North Perth prior to enlisting in the Australian Imperial Force on 5 March 1916 [30: item 7363049]
On enlistment he was noted as five feet nine inches tall, weighing 155 lbs, with grey eyes, brown hair and a tanned complexion [30]
Stated his prior military experience as 16 months in the South African Light Horse [30]
Embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia for active service abroad on the H.M.A.T. A23 Suffolk on 10 October 1916 [30]
Disembarked in Plymouth, England on 2 December 1916 and after further training proceeded to France on 27 January 1917 [30]
Private 5881 in the Australian Imperial Force's 28th Battalion in France during the First World War [30]
Appointed Lance Corporal on 3 March 1917, however later reverted to the rank of Private [30]
On 18 April 1917 his right foot was accidentally scalded resulting in a lengthy period of hospitalisation in France and in England [30]
Due to the injuries to his right foot departed England on the Runic and arrived back in Western Australia on 17 November 1918 [30]
His brother Alfred Henry ILES also served in the A.I.F. and was Killed in Action in France on 8 July 1918 [18]
Discharged from the Australian Imperial Force on 28 December 1918; received the British War Medal and the Victory Medal [30]
Resided in North Perth 1919-1923 and then shifted to Carnamah [P47]
Soldier Settler on the 773 acre Lot 13 of the Inering Estate in Carnamah in 1923 [P47]
Farmer on the east side of the Carnamah-Perenjori Road six miles from Carnamah from 1923 until 1940 [6] [7: page 66]  [0: image 03054]
By 1925 had the telephone connected - was telephone number Inering-6 [60]
In July 1925 unsuccessfully requested the Carnamah Road Board close a road between Inering Estate Lots 13 and 14 [9: 28-Aug-1925]
Had an account with Carnamah blacksmith, wheelwright and motor mechanics Henry Parkin & Son from 1925 to 1931 [53]
In 1927 reduced his field expenses by 40 percent by using a Fordson tractor and 42 gallons of fuel to plough 60 acres [4: 18-Jun-1927]
Attended the local farewell for Jack and Annie LYNCH at the home of Roger and Margaret CLARK on 6 April 1929 [4: 13-Apr-1929]
He was among those who attended the Centenary Ball held at the Carnamah Hall on 26 July 1929 [86: 3-Aug-1929]
     The ball was to celebrate 100 years since the founding of Perth and the establishment of the Swan River Colony [86]
Attended the Plain and Fancy Dress Ball held at the Carnamah Town Hall on Thursday 8 August 1929 [4: 17-Aug-1929]
Attended the Carnamah Football Club's Smoke Social held in the lounge of the Carnamah Hotel on 9 September 1930 [4: 13-Sep-1930]
Had the telephone disconnected in 1931, probably owing to the financial strain of the depression [60]
Member of the Carnamah Sub-Branch of the Returned Soldiers League [52]
Attended the R.S.L. Smoke Social and Friends Night held in Carnamah on Saturday 27 August 1932 [5: 2-Sep-1932]
He was one of 77 ex-servicemen who attended the Sailors & Soldiers Reunion Dinner in Carnamah on 22 October 1932 [86: 29-Oct-1932]
The local newspaper revealed on 9 February 1934 that there was a parcel for him at the railway goods shed in Carnamah [5: 9-Feb-1934]
Attended the Annual R.S.L. General Meeting and Smoke Social in Carnamah on Thursday 8 March 1934 [5: 16-Mar-1934]
Laid a wreath on behalf of the R.S.L. at the Anzac Service at the Carnamah War Memorial on Wednesday 25 April 1934 [5: 27-Apr-1934]
Sent a wreath for the grave of Christina B. D. FORRESTER of Carnamah at the Winchester Cemetery on 31 August 1934 [4: 8-Sep-1934]
Proposed the toast at the Farewell Evening tendered to William E. CLARK in Carnamah on Wednesday 30 January 1935 [5: 1-Feb-1935]
Attended the Wedding Social & Dance for Stuart and May FORD at Koolabba Farm in Carnamah on 25 January 1936 [5: 31-Jan-1936]
Attended the funeral of Carnamah agent William B. SHERIDAN at the Winchester Cemetery on 27 January 1936 [5: 31-Jan-1936]
Sold 40 lambs at 18/1 per head and 32 at 16/6 per head through Dalgety & Co Ltd in February and March 1936 [5: 14-Feb-1936, 6-Mar-1936]
In April 1936 applied for permission from the Carnamah District Road Board to erect two gates on the Back Inering Road [5: 17-Apr-1936]
His request was unsuccessful as Mrs Elizabeth E. MURRAY used the road to get to her farm and objected [5: 19-Jun-1936]
Member of the Carnamah Ratepayers & Citizens Association in 1936 [5: 12-Jun-1936]
Attended the Farewell Social for departing postmaster R. Arthur LINDSAY at the Carnamah Hotel on 23 October 1936 [5: 30-Oct-1936]
Laid the wreath in memory of fallen comrades upon the Carnamah War Memorial during the Anzac Day service in 1937 [5: 30-Apr-1937]
Goal Umpire at the North Midlands Football Association semi-final between Three Springs and Coorow in 1937 [5: 27-Aug-1937]
Left Carnamah in around March 1940 [0: image 03056]
After leaving Carnamah his 778 Lot 13 of the Inering Estate was leased to neighbouring farmer John BOWMAN [3] [P73]
Resided at 412 Charles Street in the Perth suburb of North Perth [3]
His 778 acre Lot 13 of the Inering Estate was forfeited on 24 July 1942 and subsequently taken up by Theodore O. WITTWER [3]
While residing in North Perth he worked locally doing small contract maintenance work [P47]
Later purchased an orchard in Mundaring before retiring to the Perth suburbs of Carlisle and then Alfred Cove [2] [P47]
Father of John Ernest and Maud Veronica [P47]
Died 7 April 1969 in Perth; buried Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth WA (Roman Catholic, BC, 362) [2] [P47]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'John Edward Iles' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 17 August 2019 from  [ sources ]

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