Biography

Birth date: 23 November 1885
Birth place: Australia: Northern Territory, Darwin
Death date: 22 June 1950
Death place: Australia: South Australia
Final rank: Major
Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
Unit: 10th Australian Infantry Battalion

Rolls and Awards

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: Lieutenant
  • Date of embarkation: 20 October 1914
  • Place of embarkation: Adelaide

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Distinguished Service Order

  • Unit: 10th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Distinguished Service Order

  • Unit: 10th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation)

  • Unit: 10th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation)

  • Unit: 10th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation)

  • Unit: 10th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : Mention in despatches

  • Unit: 10th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : Distinguished Service Order

  • Unit: 10th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Collection Items

Photograph

A00715

Officers of D Company, 10th Battalion eating a meal in their dugout mess. Left to right: Lieutenant (Lt) William Howard Perry, MC; Lt William Stanley Frayne (killed in action 6 August 1915); Lt John de Courey Harrison; Captain Felix Gordon Giles, DSO, Officer Commanding; Lt David Leslie Todd.

A00715

A00717

Captain Felix Gordon Giles DSO, Officer Commanding D Company, 10th Battalion (left), with an unidentified Australian sergeant.

A00717

A02146

Captain (later Major) F G Giles of the 10th Infantry Battalion, standing outside the Telegraph Office on the wharf at Alexandria. Two local men and a civilian wearing a bow tie and straw boater hat (centre) are also outside the office.

A02146

A02159

Major Felix Gordon Giles Commanding Officer of the 10th Battalion, standing outside the dugout of the Commanding Officer of the 10th Battalion, holding an improvised Turkish 'stick' mortar, made of a shell case filled with 14 sticks of dynamite and mounted on a rough sapling stick. It was fired...

A02159

G01534KP

A panoramic view from Gallipoli Peninsula looking out to sea, showing the assembly of warships and transports at the end of April 1915. The Island of Imbros is shown faintly on the horizon. This is a digitally combined composite panorama made up of two separate images G1534K and G1534L. It is only...

G01534KP

G01534M

A view from Gallipoli Peninsula looking out to sea, showing an assembly of warships and transport ships on the horizon.

G01534M

G01534MA

View from shell green looking towards Suvla, of dugouts and bivouacs on hillside at McCay's Hill. Note the mysterious cross on top of hill.

G01534MA

G01534P

The attack on Gaba Tepe showing the boats on the beach into which the attacking party was escaping. Note the destroyers covering the embarkation with their fire.

G01534P

E01644

Group portrait of the Headquarters Staff of the Australian Corps School. Identified standing in the back row, from left to right: Captain (Capt) Roderick Archibald MacAlpine, 4th Battalion, from Sydney, NSW, Assistant Instructor, 1st Division Wing; Lieutenant (Lt) Arthur Bruce Durdin, MC, 27th...

E01644

A02140

Officers of the 10th Battalion visit the Sakkara Pyramids. Back row, left to right: Captain (Capt) George D Shaw; Major Frederick William Hurcombe VD, who later commanded the 50th Battalion; Captain Ross Blyth Jacob. Front row: Chaplain Colonel John Claude McPhee; Lieutenant Felix Gordon Giles DSO.

A02140

A00716

Captain Felix Gordon Giles DSO, Officer Commanding D Company, 10th Battalion, sitting barefooted outside his dugout which has been camouflaged with tree branches, a map case is hanging from a post of the dugout and webbing is on the ground near his feet. A whistle is attached to his left pocket.

A00716

P02321.004

Outdoor group portrait of officers of the 10th Infantry Battalion using a wagon as a grandstand to watch a battalion sports carnival at Mena Camp Egypt, Christmas 1914. The officers are from left to right: Captain (Capt) Mervyn James Herbert from Brighton, South Australia (later Major (Maj)); Capt...

P02321.004

P01224.003

Group portrait of the original officers of the 10th Battalion prior to leaving Adelaide for Egypt. Left to right, back row: Lieutenant (Lt) Julius August William Kayser from Alberton, South Australia (later Major, killed in action in France on 16 February 1917); Lieutenant (Lt) Clarence Rumball...

P01224.003

Private Record

Timeline

Date of birth 1885-11-23
Date of embarkation 1914-10-20
Date of recommendation honour or award 1916-07-29
Other 1916-11-19 - 1916-12-06 Commanding Officer of the 10th Battalion.
Date of recommendation honour or award 1917-03-07
Date of honour or award 1917-06-01 Mention in Despatches.
Date of honour or award 1917-06-04 Awarded the Distinguished Service Order.
Other 1917-07-05 - 1917-07-15 Commanding Officer of the 10th Battalion.
Date returned to Australia 1918-10-09
Date of death 1950-06-22