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Joseph Bernard McGOWAN

Regimental number473
Place of birthDubbo, New South Wales
AddressKerr Street, Mayfield, Newcastle, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation36
Next of kinMrs Madge McGowan, Kerr Street, Mayfield, Newcastle, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed in the Cadets. Served in the Scottish Rifles.
Enlistment date18 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name30th Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/47/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A72 Beltana on 9 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCompany Sergeant Major
Unit from Nominal Roll30th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal

Recommendation date: 2 October 1917

Other details from Roll of Honour CircularRecieved the DCM
FateKilled in Action 24 March 1918
Place of death or woundingMessines, Belgium
Age at death38.4
Age at death from cemetery records38
Place of burialLa Plus Douve Farm Cemetery (Plot III, Row D, Grave No. 2), Belgium
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John and Emily MCGOWAN; husband of Margaret MCGOWAN, Ida Street, Mayfield, New South Wales. Native of Dubbo, New South Wales

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He went forward alone and captured an enemy post, killing or capturing the whole garrison. Later, when an N.C.O. of the company was badly wounded, he went over the open, under heavy shell and rifle fire, and brought him in. His courage and initiative have at all times been a very fine example to his men.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

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