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John James HOWLEY

Regimental number2937
Place of birthLondon, England
ReligionRoman Catholic
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 2"
Weight132 lbs
Next of kinFather, H Howley, 106 Wamington Street, North Kensington, London, England
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date5 July 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name6th Battalion, 9th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/23/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A16 Star Of Victoria on 10 September 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll58th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 28 March 1919

Military Medal

'During the attack on BULLECOURT and the tour in the trenches immediately before and after 9th/13th May, Signaller HOWLEY, working with Signaller SHONE (also recommended) was undoubtedly the means of saving from casualty many of the runners. Shells swept across his position, not only breaking the wires but completely destroying them. He had frequently been ordered to come back and wait till the shelling ceased before going out on the lines. During 3 days the signallers laid 5 miles of wire much of which they had salvaged in anticipation of such an experience. This is not the first occasion on which this pair have distinguished themselves. All through the winter campaign they have been doing the same excellent work. The experience they have gained has made them more and more expert and they risked death repeatedly in this last tour in the heavy bombardment to give the Battalion the benefit of that expertness.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 189
Date: 8 November 1917

Discharge date19 July 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength, 6th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 7 January 1916.

Transferred to 58th Bn, 17 February 1916.

Found guilty, 6 March 1916, of being absent without leave from 2100, 2 March 1916, to 0600, 5 March 1916: awarded 21 days' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeited 4 days' pay.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 17 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Awarded Military Medal.

Appointed Lance Corporal, 31 July 1917; promoted Corporal, 25 October 1917.

On leave, 6 January 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 23 January 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Port Macquarie', 28 March 1919; discharged, Sydney, 19 July 1919.

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

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