MILITARY MEDAL, G.V.R. ‘4203 A SJT: L. A. HAINES. 1/AUST: PR. BN:’, BRITISH WAR AND VICTORY MEDALS ‘4203 SJT. L. A. HAINES. 5 BN. A.I.F.’
M.M. London Gazette 17 December 1917. The original recommendation (for the D.C.M.) states:
‘For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in the vicinity of Zonnebeke east of Ypres during operations on the 4th October, 1917. Sgt. Haines showed initiative and coolness in allotting men their numerous tasks whilst under heavy barrage fire. Although badly wounded in the head he remained on duty until the completion of a communication trench between the two Divisional flanks. He also assisted stretcher bearers in getting wounded men over difficult country.’
Lewis Arnold Haines was born in Diggora, Victoria, and enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force, 21 July 1915. He initially served with the 5th Australian Infantry Battalion, and served during the Great War in the French theatre of war from March 1916.
Haines advanced to Corporal and transferred to the 1st Australian Pioneer Battalion in August 1916. He was wounded in action on three separate occasions, 30th August 1916 by a gunshot wound to the left knee, 4th October 1917 and remained on duty and 13th October 1917; severely wounded to right thigh. Haines advanced to Sergeant in December 1917, and returned to Australia on the H.T. Warwickshire, 5 April 1919. In later life he resided in East Malvern, Victoria.
Condition ‘INE’ of Haines officially corrected on BWM, otherwise generally GVF, Ex DNW 2010 hammer price £1500. Sold with copy citation and service papers on CD.