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John Reginald ROWLEY

Regimental number5448
Place of birthQueanbeyan New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
AddressSutton, via Queanbeyan, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, J Rowley, Sutton, via Queanbeyan, New South Wales
Enlistment date5 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name1st Battalion, 17th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/18/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A49 Ceramic on 14 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll53rd Battalion
FateDied of wounds 2 September 1918
Age at death from cemetery records23
Place of burialDaours Communal Cemetery Extension (Plot IV, Row F, Grave No. 15), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John and Alberta ROWLEY, Sutton, Queanbeyan, New South Wales

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty as a runner. On the night of the 24th September 1917 when the battalion was in support near GLENCOURSE WOOD he was blown up by a shell exploding in his immediate vicinity. Although badly shaken and advised by the R.M.O. to leave the line he remained on duty and continued carrying on splendid work as a runner going through intense shell fire on many occasions to deliver messages. On the 27th September an Officer was badly wounded and all stretcher bearers had been exhausted; Private Rowley although for 3 days and nights he had been working very hard in his capacity as a battalion runner, volunteered as a bearer and when carrying out this duty was wounded.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 76
Date: 23 May 1918

Family/military connectionsUncle: 1626 Pte Charles Stanley BINGLEY, 55th Bn, died of wounds, 2 November 1916.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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