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Clarence Douglas KEOWN

Regimental number334
Date of birth26 August 1894
Place of birthCorio, Geelong, Victoria
SchoolGeelong Grammar, Victoria; Capetown Grammar, South Africa
ReligionChurch of England
AddressSouth Geelong, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinJ D Keown, Barwon Club Hotel, South Geelong, Victoria
Enlistment date10 September 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name14th Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/31/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A38 Ulysses on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll14th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 5 April 1919
Family/military connectionsBrothers-in-law: 3786 Pte Arthur Ernest Robinson, 46th Bn, effective abroad (still overseas); 2721 Pte Joseph John Robinson, 59th Bn, returned to Australia, 23 September 1919; George Robinson; 3008 Pte Frank Leonard Baldock, 2nd Machine Gun Bn, returned to Australia, 7 July 1919; Cousin: 571 Pte Albert William Keown, 5th Bn, returned to Australia, 8 October 1915.~
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, England, France, Germany.

Enlisted Geelong, Victoria, 12 September 1914. Embarked from Australia, 22 December 1914; disembarked Egypt, 2 February 1915.

Served at Gallipoli. Admitted with diahorrea to 24th Casualty Clearing Station, Mudros, 23 August 1915; rejoined unit at Gallipoli, 19 September 1915. Evacuated from Gallipoli, December 1915, on board 'Cardiganshire'; disembarked Alexandria, Egypt, 1 January 1916.

Found guilty of being absent from 9.30 am parade at Serapeum, Egypt, on 5 May 1916: awarded 5 days' Field Punishment No. 2. Posted to 4th Training Bn, 13 May 1916.

Taken on strength, 4th Training Bn, Codford, Wiltshire, England, 13 July 1916. Appointed Lance Corporal, 22 December 1916; reverted to Private, 25 January 1917. Found guilty of being absent from Reveille: awarded a severe reprimand and forfeiture of 4 days' pay. 25 January 1917.

Proceeded to France on board SS 'Victoria' from Folkestone, 15 February 1917; joined Australian General Base Depot, Etaples, 16 February. Found guilty of being absent without leave from the 8 am parade, Etaples: awarded forfeiture of 3 days' pay. Proceeded to join unit in the field, 12 March 1917.

Reported missing in action, Bullecourt, 11 April 1917; later confirmed taken prisoner of war. Imprisoned in Germany.

Repatriated from Germany, 31 December 1918; arrived England, 1 January 1919. Embarked from Devonport on board HMAT 'Armagh' for return to Australia, 5 April 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 18 May 1919.

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

Date of death7 July 1956
Age at death61
Place of burialThe Melbourne Crematorium. Ashes at Fawkner Crematorium, 1187 Sydney Road, Fawkner, Victoria, 3060

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