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Regimental number783
Place of birthAntrim, Ireland
OccupationTram employee
Address496 New Canterbury Road, Dulwich Hill, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation27
Height5' 11.6"
Weight154 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs M McDowdell, 496 New Canterbury Road, Dulwich Hill, Sydney, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date11 April 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll20 April 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name18th Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/35/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A40 Ceramic on 25 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll18th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 14 January 1919
Other details

War service: rejoined 18th Bn, Tel el Kebir, Egypt, 10 January 1916. (No information recorded on activities prior to this entry.)

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 25 March 1916.

Reverted to Private at own request, 18 October 1917. Appointed Lance Corporal, 28 November 1917.

Wounded in action, 15 April 1918 (gun shot wound, left leg), and admitted to 55th Field Ambulance; transferred to 10th General Hospital, Rouen, 19 April 1918 (left leg amputated); to England, 20 April 1918, and admitted to Reading War Hospital, 21 April 1918 (wound severe); to 2nd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Southall, 1 August 1918. Discharged on furlough, 10 August 1918, to report to 2nd Auxiliary Hospital, 24 August 1918; discharged, 5 January 1919, for return to Australia.

Commenced return to Australia on board 'Kanowna', 5 January 1919; arrived Melbourne, 7 March 1919, for onward travel by boat to Sydney; discharged, 2 November 1919 (invalid).

Medals: 1914-15 star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, McDOWDELL Joseph

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