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Francis William Crossley BOWLER

Regimental number1766
Date of birth1 November 1895
Place of birthPerth, Western Australia
True NameCROSSLEY, Francis William
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationJunior porter
Address'Maybrook', Wooroloo, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 7"
Weight125 lbs
Next of kinWilliam Bowler, Wooroloo, Western Australia
Previous military serviceServed in 37th Battery, Australian Field Artillery; still serving at time of AIF enlistment.
Enlistment date17 August 1914
Place of enlistmentBlackboy Hill, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 3, Battery 8
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/31/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board Transport A7 Medic on 2 November 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Field Artillery Brigade
FateReturned to Australia 20 January 1916
Discharge date8 June 1916
Family/military connectionsBrother: 3475 Pte Wilfred Crossley BOWLER [true surname CROSSLEY], 13th Field Ambulance, returned to Australia, 1 June 1919.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Joined Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 4 April 1915.

Wounded in action, 3 May 1915 (gun shot wound, lower extremity); transferred to 1st Southern General Hospital, Edgbaston, England, 14 May 1915; rejoined unit at Gallipoli, 2 September 1915.

Wounded in action (second occasion), 18 November 1915 (gun shot wound, skull); admitted to 1st Australian General Hospital, Heliopolis, 26 November 1915 ('dangerously ill'); taken off 'dangerously ill' list, 6 December 1915; transferred to No 2 Auxiliary Convalescent Depot, 9 December 1915; to Al Hayat Convalescent Depot, Helouan, 14 December 1915.

Commenced return to Australia from Suez on board HT 'Karoola', 20 January 1916; discharged, Perth, 8 June 1916.

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

By Statutory Declaration, 25 May 1917, Bowler stated that his true name was Francis William CROSSLEY.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BOWLER Francis William Crossley

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