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Joseph Gilliespie, a farmer from Ballarat, enlisted in the 4th Light Horse Regiment on 18 August 1914 at the age of 27. He was single at the time. His unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A18 Wiltshire on 19 October 1914. Private Gilliespie was promoted to Acting Corporal on 24 September 1915 before receiving a shrapnel wound to the right leg on 8 October 1915. He later transferred to the 3rd Australian Camel Regiment where he was promoted to Sergeant on 21 June 1917 and later awarded the Military Medal for 'gallantry and devotion to duty in the field' on 11 July 1917. On 9 March 1918 Sgt Gilliespie was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant.
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