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Owen John ROWLAND

Regimental number1028
Date of birth--/08/1894; secondary dob: 25/08/1896
Place of birthBendemeer, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFarmer
AddressHallsville via Tamworth, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinFather, George Daniel Rowland, Hallsville via Tamworth, New South Wales
Enlistment date30 June 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name12th Light Horse Regiment, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/17/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A8 Argyllshire on 30 September 1915
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Division Artillery
Promotions

2nd Lieutenant


Unit: ART Div 4
Promotion date: 27 March 1916

Lieutenant


Unit: ART Div 4
Promotion date: 1 October 1916

Temporary CAPT


Unit: ART Div 1
Promotion date: 24 October 1918

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 30448, 28 December 1917; 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 57, 18 April 1918.
Recommendation date: 27 September 1917

Military Cross


Recommendation date: 9 October 1918

FateReturned to Australia 10 May 1919
Medals

Military Cross

'On 8th October 1918, near Montbrehain, he went out in charge of a mounted patrol, carried out an excellent reconnaissance under heavy fire, and brought back valuable reports. Later, he observed for his battery for two hours from the front line shooting in support of the attacking cavalry, and putting out of action a persistent 4.2 battery and nest of machine guns. Throughout the day he displayed great gallantry and marked ability.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 129
Date: 20 November 1919

Other detailsMedals: Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal. Plaque in Garden of Remembrance, Rookwood Cemetery, Sydney, New South Wales. Enlisted in World War II as Captain and was promoted to Major.
Date of death2 September 1969
Place of burialAshes at Eastern Suburbs Crem.Sydney. Rose Garden

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