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Athol Halliday McDOWELL

Regimental number3194
Place of birthMelbourne, Victoria
SchoolState School, Gordon, Victoria
Other trainingAlexandra College, Northcote, Victoria
AddressElizabeth McDowell, 10 Garrett Street, South Preston, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Height5' 9.5"
Weight157 lbs
Next of kinFather, A H McDowell, South Preston, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed for 6 years in the 5th Infantry Regiment, Militia.
Enlistment date31 July 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name22nd Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/39/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A73 Commonwealth on 26 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll60th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Age at death from cemetery records26
Place of burialFromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery (Plot III, Row B, Grave No 4), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Alexander and Elizabeth McDOWELL, 186 North Road, Brighton, Victoria. Native of Albert Park, Victoria
Family/military connectionsBrother: 8194 Pte Norman Kenneth McDOWELL, 14th Field Ambulance, died of wounds, 21 September 1917.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Admitted to No 3 Auxiliary Hospital, Heliopolis, 5 February 1916 (influenza); discharged to duty, 15 February 1916.

Taken on strength of 60th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 16 March 1916.

Promoted Sergeant, Ferry Post, 25 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Reported Missing, 19 July 1916.

Previously reported Missing, now, 13 September 1916, reported 'Killed in Action, 19 July 1916'.

Statement, 2878 Corporal E.E. POULTER, B Company, 60th Bn, 29 January 1917: 'The last time I saw him was in No Man's Land about 150 yds. from our line. He was shot through the side and the bullet evidently lodged in his stomach as he doubled up and fell. We could not hold the ground. We went over with 1100 men and 63 men answered the roll call.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Originally listed as 'No Known Grave' and commemorated at V.C. Corner (Panel No 18), Australian Cemetery, Fromelles; subsequently (2010) identified, and interred in the Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery, France
SourcesNAA: B2455, McDOWELL Athol Halliday

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