Historical information

John Eric Wiles VX16067 enlisted on 26.2.1940 age 24 years in the 2/7th Bn, embark for Eygpt 15.4.1940, disembark 17.5.1940, embark for Greece 30.3.1941, reported missing then as located, disembark Eygpt (no date but appears to be June). Hospital 10.6.1941 with Gastritis, rejoin unit 13.7.1941, promoted Cpl 6.12.1941, Sgt 12.1.1942, embark for Australia 12.7.1942, disembark 4.8.1942, embark for New Guinea 13.10.1942, appointed Lieutenant 9.11.1942, during period hospital with Malaria, disembark Australia 3.8.1943, hospital again with Malaria then Debility. Embark 11.11.1944 for Aitape, WIA remains on duty, prompted T/Capt 4.8.1945, disembark Australia 28.9.1945, appointment terminated in the 2nd AIF.
Post war he became very involved in his Unit Association and the RSL and became in time a Life Member of both. He was also a President of Mitchum RSL.

Physical description

Photo copy of original on A4 size paper showing a portrait colour enhanced of an Officer wearing a peak cap and has one ribbon on jacket, there is an oval shape colour photo inserted at the bottom LH side of the Person in later life. The rear has a typed stuck on label with details.

Inscriptions & markings

On rear typed, “Jack Wiles 2/7th INF BN VX16067 20.03.15 - 19.07.2005”