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Regimental number5439
Place of birthArmidale, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
AddressWellington, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 7"
Weight132 lbs
Next of kinBrother, Alfred Thomas Rowley, Nagle Street, Liverpool, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date20 March 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll16 March 1916
Place of enlistmentDubbo, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name18th Battalion, 14th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/35/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A18 Wiltshire on 22 August 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll18th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 23 March 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 22 August 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 13 October 1916; marched in to 5th Training Bn, Rollestone, 4 November 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 13 December 1916; taken on strength, 18th Bn, in the field, 23 January 1917.

Admitted to 6th Australian Field Ambulance, 20 September 1917 (not yet diagnosed); transferred to New Zealand Stationary Hospital, Wisques, 22 September 1917 (debility); discharged to duty, and rejoined Bn, Belgium, 3 October 1917.

On leave to United Kingdom, 10 February 1918; rejoined Bn from leave, 24 February 1918.

Wounded in action, 18 April 1918 (gassed), and admitted to 47th Casualty Clearing Station; transferred to Ambulance Train No 37, 19 April 1918, and admitted to 10th General Hospital, Rouen, 20 April 1918; transferred to England, 21 April 1918, and admitted to Voluntary Aid Detachment Hospital, Cheltenham (affiliated with 2nd Southern General Hospital, Bristol), 23 April 1918; transferred to 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 31 May 1918; discharged on furlough, 3 June 1918, to report to No 4 Command Depot, Wareham, 17 June 1916.

Marched in to Overseas Training Brigade, Longbridge Deverill, 12 August 1918.

Proceeded overseas to France, 29 August 1918; rejoined Bn, in the field, 6 September 1918.

Wounded in action (second occasion), 3 October 1918 (gun shot wound, right shoulder and face); admitted to 72nd General Hospital, Trouville, 4 October 1918; transferred to England, 25 October 1918, and admitted to 2nd Southern General Hospital, Bristol, 26 October 1918; transferred to 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 31 December 1918; discharged on furlough, 17 January 1919, to report to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 31 January 1919.

Marched in to No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 31 January 1919; marched in to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 5 February 1919.

Commenced return to Australia from Liverpool on board Ht 'Czar', 23 March 1919; transshipped to HT 'Dongala', Alexandria, 10 April 1919; arrived Melbourne, 16 May 1919, for onward travel to Sydney; discharged (medically unfit), Sydney, 4 September 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, ROWLEY Arthur

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