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Geoffrey COWEN

Regimental number398
Place of birthKensington England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationDrapery packer and steward
Addressc/o Mrs Taylor, Fullerton Street, Stockton, Newcastle, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinFather, Frederick W Cowen, c/o Mrs Taylor, Fullerton Street, Stockton, Newcastle, New South Wales
Enlistment date17 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name30th Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/47/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A72 Beltana on 9 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll30th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 2 March 1919

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. This W.O. was responsible for touch being kept with the next unit, advancing in a fog. He was eminently successful, and, moreover, single handed rushed a machine gun nest, capturing eight of the crew, though the gun was got away. He subsequently organized a party to clean up a valley, and made many prisoners. He did splendid work throughout the action.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 36
Date: 14 March 1919

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