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William John LOWRIE

Regimental number2929
Place of birthMelbourne Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
Address435 Dorcas Street, South Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinMrs A Lowrie, 435 Dorcas Street, South Melbourne, Victoria
Enlistment date12 July 1915
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 Roll59th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 13 April 1919

Military Medal

'During operations on 8th and 9th August 1918 Sergeant LOWRIE displayed the highest courage, devotion to duty and utter disregard of personal safety. He was in command of a platoon during the advance and displayed marked qualities as a leader and organiser. He kept his platoon well in hand during the morning of the 8th August when the advance was made through a very dense fog and on 9th his platoon under his directions, assisted greatly by means of Lewis Gun and Rifle Fire in subduing the enemy posts holding up the advance in a sunken road. His work generally was of a very high standard and he was of the utmost assistance to his Company Commander.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

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