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Thomas Bela Usher BOWLING

Place of birthColeworth England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationMine manager
AddressColworth, Yarraglen, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation49
Next of kinWife, Mrs R I May Bowling, 78 Southern Road, Armadale, Victoria
Enlistment date21 March 1916
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit nameTunnelling Companies, October 1916, Reinforcements
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 25 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal RollTunnelling Companies
FateEffective abroad (still overseas)

Military Cross

'During the operations commencing 29th September 1918, in the neighbourhood of Bellicourt, he was employed in making reconnaissances for wells and water points. he kept up with the infantry, and brought back valuable information. Under heavy shell fire, he cleared wells in the towns and villages captured, and was largely instrumental in providing water for the fighting troops. He showed great gallantry and initiative.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 10
Date: 29 January 1920

Other detailsMedals: Military Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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