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Donald Charles FOWLER

Regimental number3239
Date of birth--/04/1898
Place of birthDrouin, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLeather craftsman
AddressCoburg, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinFather, George Fowler, 31 Sutherland Street, Coburg, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed in the Senior Cadets for four years.
Enlistment date29 July 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name4th Light Horse Regiment, 26th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/9/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 11 May 1917
Rank from Nominal RollGunner
Unit from Nominal Roll13th Field Artillery Brigade
FateReturned to Australia 6 September 1919
Discharge date27 November 1919
Family/military connectionsBrothers: 2162 Pte George Harold FOWLER MM, 59th Bn, killed in action, 29 September 1918; 6967 Gunner Justin Bede FOX, 2nd Field Artillery Brigade, killed in action, 15 November 1917.
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Parents wrote to HQ Castlemaine Camp, 1 October 1916: '...we refuse to consent to his sailing before he is 19 years of age. Our reason is, that in our opinion only well seasoned and older men are able to stand the strain of this great war.' On 21 January 1917 they gave their consent, adding: 'If we had more sons of military age we would gladly consent to their going.'

War service: embarked from Australia, 11 May 1917; disembarked Devonport, England, 20 July 1917. Marched in to 4th Light Horse Details, Tidworth, 20 July 1917; transferred to Artillery Details, Larkhill, 24 September 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France via Southampton, 17 November 1917. Taken on strength as Gunner, 13th Field Artillery Brigade, and posted to 50th Battery, 26 November, 26 November 1917. Posted to signalling school, 17 March 1918; returned to unit, 25 March 1918. On leave to United Kingdom, 8-31 December 1918.

Disembarked at Southampton from France to report to Australian Army Service Corps Camp, Parkhouse, 19 April 1919. Granted leave, 29 April-1 May 1919.

Granted leave on full military pay (no allowances) to gain experience in fancy leather goods manufacturing with R.W. Stiby, 45 Old Gold Street, London EC, England.

Commenced return to Australia, 3 September 1919; disembarked, 20 October 1919. Discharged 27 November 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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