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Regimental number5163
Place of birthWoodbridge, Tasmania
AddressNo. 9 Store, Kurrawang, Woodline, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 5.25"
Weight136 lbs
Next of kinFather, Sam Rowley, Woodbridge, Tasmania
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date1 November 1915
Place of enlistmentBlackboy Hill, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentSapper
Unit name3rd Field Company Engineers, Reinforcement 13
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/22/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A35 Berrima on 17 December 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSapper
Unit from Nominal Roll13th Field Company Engineers
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal (altered to Military Medal)

'During the operations at MESSINES on the 7th June 1917, while with the Engineer reconnoitering party, this N.C.O., although himself wounded, carried a wounded Sapper under rifle fire into safety. He immediately returned and carried on with the work of constructing a Strong point and later carried messages back to Brigade Hqrs. From there he guided a working party back to the forward area, thus making four journeys of one mile, each through intense artillery fire. He set a fine example of pluck and endurance.'
Recommendation date: 13 August 1917

FateReturned to Australia 24 January 1919

Military Medal

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No 219
Date: 20 December 1917

Discharge date27 April 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Commenced return to Australia from London on board HT 'Delta', 24 January 1919; discharged (termination of period of enlistment), 27 April 1919.

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, ROWLEY John

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