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Claude Australia SOWDEN

Regimental number1564
Place of birthGulargambone, New South Wales
AddressGulargambone PO, Gulargambone, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height6' 0.75"
Weight156 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs R Sowden, Gulargambone PO, Gulargambone, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date8 April 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name20th Battalion, 1st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/37/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A35 Berrima on 6 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollDriver
Unit from Nominal Roll20th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 5 April 1919
Discharge date30 July 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Disembarked Alexandria ex Mudros (Gallipoli evacuation), 9 January 1916. Appointed Driver, Transport Section, 15 March 1916.

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 25 March 1916. Admitted to 6th Field Ambulance, 14 May 1916 (injured ankle); transferred to 2nd Australian Divisional Rest Station; discharged to unit, 20 May 1916.

On leave to United Kingdom, 12 October 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 30 October 1918.

Proceeded to England for return to Australia, 15 January 1919; marched in to No. 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veney, 16 January 1919; marched out to 2nd Training Brigade, 7 February 1919. Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Warwickshire', 5 April 1919; disembarked Sydney, 31 May 1919; discharged, 30 July 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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