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Cyril Albert CLOWES

Date of birth11 March 1892
Place of birthWarwick, Queensland
SchoolToowoomba Grammar School, RMC Duntroon
ReligionChurch of England
AddressWarwick, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFather, Major A C Clowes, Warwick, Queensland
Previous military serviceRoyal Military College, Duntroon
Enlistment date14 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentLieutenant
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 1, Battery 2
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/29/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A8 Argyllshire on 18 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollMajor
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Division Artillery


Unit: Staff 2nd Division artillery
Promotion date: 21 January 1917

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and gazetted, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 29251 (5 August 1915); 'Commonwealth Gazette', No. 133 (28 October 1915).

Military Cross

'For assisting trench raiding parties while under heavy shell fire.'
Recommendation date: June 1916

Distinguished Service Order

For positioning of artillery batteries at Villers-Bretonneux, August 1918
Recommendation date: 4 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 2 March 1919
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)Graduate from the first class at RMC Duntroon, 14 August 1914. Wounded at Gallipoli on the first day while directing naval gunfire support as a forward observation officer. Transferred to the 2nd Division artillery, 1 January 1916. Earned Military Cross in France while a divisional trench mortar officer. Service in the Permanent Military Forces between the wars, including five years as an instructor at Duntroon 1920-25 and attendance at the gunnery staff course in Britain, 1936-38. Appointed CRA of 1st Australian Corps, 2nd AIF in April 1940. Distinguished himself at Pinion Gorge during the Greek campaign, April 1941. Commanded Milne Force at the battle of Milne Bay, August 1942. GOC 11th Division, 1942-43; GOC Victorian Lines of Communication Area, 1943-45. Adjutant General, 1946; GOC Southern Command, 1946-49. Retired List 1 June 1949. CBE (1943), Greek Military Cross, twice mentioned in despatches

Distinguished Service Order

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Order of the White Eagle - 5th Class (with swords) (Serbia)

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169
Date: 4 October 1917

Military Cross

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 103
Date: 29 June 1917

Discharge date28 June 1919
Family/military connectionsBrother: Lt Norman CLOWES, 3rd Field Artillery Brigade
Other detailsMedals: Military Cross, Distinguished Service Order, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death19 May 1968
Place of burialNecropolis Springvale, Victoria

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