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John FOWLER

Place of birthWilliamstown Victoria
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationEngraver, draughtsman
Address105 Verdon Street, Williamstown, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinFather, A Fowler, 105 Verdon Street, Williamstown, Victoria
Enlistment date16 April 1915
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit name7th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/24/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A71 Nestor on 11 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal Roll7th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross


Recommendation date: 12 October 1917

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and gazetted, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 30448 (28 December 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 57 (18 April 1918).

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No. 30706 (28 May 1918); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 165 (24 October 1918).
Recommendation date: 8 March 1918

Mention in Despatches


Recommendation date: 7 April 1918

Military Cross


Recommendation date: 17 August 1918

FateReturned to Australia 9 August 1919
Medals

Military Cross

'On 9th August 1918, between the villages of Vauvillers and Lihons, he was in command of a company supporting the front line company on the right during the attack on enemy positions. Just forward of Vauvillers the battalion came under very heavy machine gun fire, making advance impossible. The company commander of the right line company became a casualty with many officers and men. He at once appreciated the situation, pressed forward, and reorganized the front company, took command of both companies, and with great courage and vigour continued the advance, driving the enemy from strong positions
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 67
Date: 3 June 1919

Other detailsMedals: Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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