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Joseph Harold FOWLER

Regimental number4784
Place of birthFive Ways, Staffordshire, England
Place of birthCannock Chase, Staffs, England
SchoolWoonona Superior Public School, New South Wales
Age on arrival in Australia3 months
AddressAlfred Street, Woonona, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation31.7
Height5' 4.75"
Weight124 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs. C. Fowler, Chenhall Street, Woonona, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date30 November 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll23 November 1915
Place of enlistmentCasula, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name4th Battalion, 15th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/21/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A15 Star Of England on 8 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll56th Battalion
FateDied of disease 27 June 1916
Age at death32
Age at death from cemetery records32
Place of burialPieta Military Cemetery (Plot IX, Row C, Grave No. 4), Europe
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Joseph and Clara FOWLER, Chenhall Street, Woonona, Queensland
Other details

War service: Egypt

Taken on strength, 56th Bn, Ferry Post, 20 April 1916.

Admitted to No 1 Australian Stationary Hospital, Ismailia, 29 March 1916 (not yet diagnosed); rejoined Bn, Ferry Post, 6 June 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 June 1916; admitted en route to Military Hospital, Cottonera, Malta, 26 June 1916.

Died of disease, 27 June 1916 (haematosis: severe).

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Mother wrote to Base Records, February 1932, pointing out that on the pre-publication proof of the Pieta Cemetery Register, her address was listed as 'Queensland'. Base Records replied, 19 February 1932, acknowledging the error and regrewtting that at that late stage it was not possible to correct the error in the printed publication.
SourcesNAA: B2455, FOWLER Joseph Harold

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