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Horace Victor FOWLER

Regimental number264
Place of birthEden Valley, South Australia
ReligionCongregational
OccupationButcher
AddressSedan, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Height5' 6.25"
Weight132 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Sara Ann Fowler, Sedan, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil (living in exempt area)
Enlistment date21 August 1915
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A2 Geelong on 18 November 1915
The 32nd Bn (Headquarters, Signallers, A, B, C, and D Companies) embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on two ships, HMAT A2 'Geelong', on 18 November 1915, and HMAT A13 'Katuna', on 24 November 1915. The Embarkation Roll does not distinguish between these ships, and it is therefore not possible from the Embarkation Roll to ascertain on which ship an individual embarked.
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll14th Field Artillery Brigade
FateReturned to Australia 18 July 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: George and Sarah Ann FOWLER
Discharge date27 October 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Disembarked Suez, ex-HMAT 'Geelong', 18 December 1915.

Admitted to No 8 Australian Field Ambulance, Ferry Post, 17 January 1916 (influenza); transferred to No 2 Australian Casualty Clearing Station, Ferry Post, 20 January 1916; discharged, 23 January 1916.

Found guilty, 4 February 1916, of disobedience of orders in that he was absent from parade without leave: awarded 7 days' confined to camp.

Transferred to 5th Divisional Artillery, 15 March 1916, and taken on strength of 54th Battery, Tel el Kebir, the same day.

Admitted to hospital, 11 May 1916; transferred to Base Details, Tel el Kebir, 15 May 1916; to No 2 Australian Stationary Hospital, 19 May 1916 (heart disease); to No 3 Auxiliary Hospital, Cairo, 20 May 1916; to British Red Cross Depot, Montazah, 3 June 1916; discharged to details at Tel el Kebir, 21 June 1916; joined Australian Artillery Training Bn, 21 May 1916.

Embarked Alexandria, 1 August 1916.

Found guilty, 13 August 1916, of being absent from parade: award, deprived on 1 day's pay.

Proceeded overseas to France from England, 14 September 1916.

Marched out of 5th Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 5 October 1916, and taken on strength of Australian General Base Depot, Etaples, the same day.

Marched out to unit, 7 October 1916; taken on strength of 5th Medium Trench Mortar Battery, 12 October 1916.

Admitted to No 1 New Zealand Field Ambulance, 26 October 1916 (scabies); discharged, 29 October 1916; rejoined unit, 30 October 1916.

Detached to Trench Mortar School, 6 December 1916; rejoined unit, 28 December 1916.

To hospital, 27 January 1917 (haemorrhoids); admitted to 4th Australian Divisional Main Dressing Station, 28 January 1918; transferred to 1 South Midland Division Casualty Clearing Station, 28 January 1917; to No 25 Ambulance Train, 28 January 1917; to No 11 Stationary Hospital, 29 January 1917; discharged to Australian General Base Depot, 6 February 1917.

Marched out to 5th Australian Divisional Field Artillery, 2 March 1917; posted to and taken on strength of 54th Battery, 11 March 1917.

Admitted to No 35 Field Ambulance, 13 May 1917 (pyrexia of unknown origin); transferred to No 3 Canadian Casualty Clearing Station, 13 May 1917; to No 3 Canadian Stationary Hospital, 13 May 1917; to Ambulance Train, 24 May 1917; to No 22 General Hospital, Camiers, 24 May 1917 (pyrexia of unknown origin); to No 6 Convalescent Depot, Etaples, 30 May 1917; discharged, 4 June 1917; marched into Australian General Base Depot, Rouelles, 6 June 1917 (Class A).

To 5th Australian Divisional Field Artillery, 12 June 1917; rejoined unit, 17 June 1917.

Evacuated to hospital, 5 August 1917; admitted to No 17 Casualty Clearing Station, 7 August 1917 (fractured fibula, accidental); transferred to No 2 Canadian General Hospital, 8 August 1917; to England, 12 August 1917; to Middlesex Hospital, Claxton-on-Sea, 13 August 1917; to No 3 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, 28 September 1917; marched into No 2 Command Depot, Dartford, 5 October 1917.

Marched into No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 23 October 1917 (Class B1A3).

Marched into No 1 Command Depot, Weymouth, 11 November 1917, from furlough.

Admitted to Group Clearing Hospital, 29 January 1918 (tonsillitis); discharged and marched into No 1 Command Depot, 13 February 1918 (Class B1A3).

Marched into Overseas Training Bde, Longbridge Deverill, 28 February 1918.

Admitted to Sutton Veny Hospital, 19 March 1918 (haemorrhoids); discharged, 29 April 1918; marched into No 1 Command Depot, Weymouth, 30 April 1918 (Class B1A3).

Charged with, 15 May 1918, being absent without leave from 12 May 1918, until 1500 hours, 13 May 1918: charge dismissed.

Marched into Overseas Training Bde, Longbridge Deverill, 13 June 1918.

Marched into Reserve Brigade Australian Artillery, 28 June 1918.

Proceeded overseas to France, 10 July 1918; marched into Australian General Base Depot, Le Havre, 11 July 1918.

Marched out to unit, 13 July 1918; rejoined unit, 19 July 1918.

Appointed Driver, 22 October 1918.

Embarked for England, 1 April 1919; marched into No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 3 April 1919.

Admitted to No 1 Dermatological Hospital, 9 May 1919 (venereal disease); discharged, 11 May 1919; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 3 days.

Marched into No 2 Group, Sutton Veny, 30 June 1919.

Commenced return to Australian on board HMAT 'Takada', 18 July 1919.

Admitted to Ship's Hospital, 11 August 1919 (urticaria).

Disembarked Adelaide, 4 September 1919; discharged, 27 October 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Death attributed to war service.
Date of death19 April 1931
Age at death35
Place of burialKarrakatta Cemetery, Perth, Western Australia
SourcesNAA: B2455, FOWLER Horace Victor

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