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Hereward Roderick GOWER

Regimental number769
Place of birthGympie Queensland
ReligionChurch of England
AddressDavis Street, Rockhampton, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinWilliam Morton Gower, Allenstown State School, Rockhampton, Queensland
Enlistment date24 August 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll19 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentSergeant
Unit name9th Battalion, G Company
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board Transport A5 Omrah on 24 September 1914
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll9th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross

Service at Meteren on the night of 10-11 may 1918 displayed great gallantry and leadership.
Recommendation date: 15 May 1918

Military Cross

Work near Lihons on 10 August 1918.
Recommendation date: 19 August 1918

FateReturned to Australia 14 August 1918

Military Cross

'Near Lihons, on 10th August 1918, he led his men with great courage and ability in repeated attacks under intense machine gun fire. At the Bois de Crepey he engaged the hostile machine guns and inflicted heavy casualties on the crews. It was mainly owing to his dash that a number of the enemy were cut off and 40 prisoners captured. During consolidation he was severely wounded.'
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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