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Thomas Luther BOWLER

Regimental number4374
Place of birthElsternwick, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationEngine driver
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation29
Next of kinWife, Mrs Arrabella Bowler, 14 Stawell Street, Burnley, Victoria
Enlistment date11 December 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll16 December 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name21st Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/38/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board RMS Orontes on 29 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll24th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 29 May 1919

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in re-organizing the company, together with another N.C.O., after all the officers had become casualties, and leading it forward to the final objective. On another occasion, after all the officers were casualties, he established his men in a most forward position, and hung on, under heavy fire, until ordered to withdraw after dark.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

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