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Regimental number4053
Place of birthShinrons, Birr, Ireland
ReligionChurch of England
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation36
Height5' 6.25"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinFather, Robert McDowell, Ballymona, Skinrose, Tipperary, Ireland
Previous military service2.5 years, Mounted Police; 1 year, 4 months, Roberts Horse; 10 months, Canadian Scouts; 5 months, Field Intelligence Scouts
Enlistment date22 December 1914
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 3, Reinforcement 4
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/31/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A15 Star Of England on 8 April 1915
FateNo details of fate entered on Nominal Roll
Discharge date13 July 1918
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Proceeded to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, 3 July 1915; temporarily posted to 3rd Brigade Ammunition Column, 10 August 1915.

Wounded in action, Gallipoli, 15 August 1915 (shrapnel wound, fingers). Embarked Mudros on HS 'Huntsgreen' for evacuation, 7 September 1915; admitted to War Hospital, Reading, 17 September 1915.

Proceeded to join 26th Draft for return to Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, 24 March 1916; mustered as driver, Ferry Post, 18 April 1916; moved out to join 5th Division Artillery, Tel-el-Kebir, 1 May 1916; taken on strength of 3rd Brigade Ammunition Column, Ferry Post, 2 May 1916. Transferred to 5th Divisional Ammunition Column, 25 May 1916; taken on strength of unit, Moascar, 27 May 1916.

Embarked Alexandria on HMT 'Huntsend' and proceeded to join British Expeditionary Force, 20 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 30 June 1916; on command to Army Rest Camp, St. Valery Sui-Somne, 10 June 1917; rejoined unit from rest camp, 25 June 1917.

Admitted to 46th Field Ambulance, 23 August 1917; transferred to Casualty Receiving Station, 25 August 1917; transferred to 64th Casualty Clearing Station, 25 August 1917 (fracture, hand and ankle); admitted to 2nd Stationary Hospital, Abbeville, 29 August 1917; discharged to duty, 7 September 1917; marched into Australian General Base Depot, Havre, 8 September 1917; moved out from base depot, 21 September 1917; rejoined 5th Divisional Ammunition Column, 24 September 1917; proceeded on leave to England, 29 November 1917. Transferred to 14th Field Artillery Brigade, 3 December 1917, and taken on strength, 16 December 1917.

Admitted to 15th Casualty Clearing Station, 22 December 1917 (inflamed lymph glands and groin); transferred to 22nd General Hospital, Camiers, 28 December 1917. Embarked on HS 'Ville de Liege' and proceeded to England, 2 January 1918; admitted to Queen Mary's Military Hospital, Whalley, 2 January 1918; discharged on furlough, 15 January 1918. Marched into No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 29 January 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on HT 'Marathon', 15 April 1918; disembarked Melbourne, 12 June 1918, for onward travel to 1st Military District. Discharged as being unfit for continued service, Brisbane, 13 July 1918.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, McDOWELL Frazer

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