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Robert Rowland ROWLEY

Regimental number8726
Place of birthSydney New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationChemist assistant
AddressRedfern, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, Henry Rowley, 30 Kepos Street, Redfern, New South Wales
Previous military service7th Australian Army Medical Corps
Enlistment date18 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll3 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name1st Field Ambulance, Reinforcement 14
AWM Embarkation Roll number26/44/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board RMS Osterley on 15 January 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll7th Field Ambulance
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Not awarded.
Recommendation date: 3 October 1916

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 13 May 1917

Bar to MM

Recommendation date: 7 July 1918

FateReturned to Australia 18 January 1919

Military Medal

'Private ROWLAND did exceptionally good work at the R.A.P. of the 21st Battalion east of BULLECOURT on the 3rd May 1917 rendering first aid to wounded and carrying them to posts of safety under heavy enemy shell fire and machine gun fire regardless of personal safety. he was finally wounded while attending to a wounded men.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 189
Date: 8 November 1917

Family/military connectionsBrother: 2656 Pte George Albert ROWLEY, 1st Bn, died of wounds, 7 December 1915.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal & Bar, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death12 May 1973
Place of burialWollongong Crematorium

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