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Wilfred Crossley BOWLER

Regimental number3475
Place of birthKalgoorlie, Western Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationHorse driver
AddressWerribee, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Height5' 3"
Weight114 lbs
Next of kinFather, William Bowler, Werribee, Western Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date2 October 1915
Place of enlistmentBlackboy Hill, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name28th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/45/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A30 Borda on 17 January 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll13th Field Ambulance
FateReturned to Australia 1 June 1919
Discharge date30 August 1919
Family/military connectionsBrother: 1766 Pte Francis William Crossley BOWLER [true surname CROSSLEY], 3rd Field Artillery Brigade, returned to Australia, 20 January 1916.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Joined 51st Bn, Tel el Kebir, 3 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 5 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 12 June 1916.

Admitted to 13th Field Ambulance, 29 July 1916 (sprained foot); rejoined Bn, 31 July 1916.

Taken on strength, 13th Field Ambulance, and attached for duty to 51st Bn, 24 September 1916.

Admitted to 39th Casualty Clearing Station, 1 December 1916; transferred to 25th Stationary Hospital, Rouen, 5 December 1916 (mumps); to No 2 Convalescent Depot, Rouen, 26 December 1916; to Base Depot, Etaples, 30 December 1916' to No 2 Australian General Hospital, Wimereux, 8 April 1917.

On leave, 1 November 1917; rejoined unit from leave, 15 November 1917.

Taken on strength, 13th Field Ambulance, 10 April 1918.

On leave to United Kingdom, 26 October 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 15 November 1918.

Marched out to England for return to Australia, 8 April 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Somali', 1 June 1919; disembarked Fremantle, 8 July 1919; discharged (termination of period of enlistment), Perth, 30 August 1919.
SourcesNAA: B2455, BOWLER Wilfred Crossley

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