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Edward Fearnley ROWNTREE

Regimental number2895
Place of birthHobart Tasmania
AddressHobart, Tasmania
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFather, Francis Rowntree, 37 Montpillier Street, Hobart, Tasmania
Enlistment date21 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name3rd Pioneer Battalion, Reinforcement 5
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/15/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A24 Benalla on 9 November 1916
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal RollAustralian Flying Corps
FateEffective abroad (still overseas)

Distinguished Flying Cross

'Between the 8th and 11th August, this officer carried out six contact patrols at very low altitudes and in face of heavy machine gun fire. No difficulty deters this officer from accomplishing his task. On 11th August, while subjected to heavy machine gun fire, he flew for an hour and half over a certain area and eventually established the position of our line; this was the more difficult owing to the low visibility at the time.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 4 March 1919

Other detailsMedals: Distinguished Flying Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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