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Frederick George TOWNER

Regimental number5542
Place of birthWagga Wagga, New South Wales
ReligionMethodist
OccupationLabourer
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 7"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinFather, S J Towner, Morgan Street, Wagga, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed in the Compulsory Service scheme (Australian Field Artillery) ('own free will 4 years').
Enlistment date21 July 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameDivisional Ammunition Column 1, Reinforcement 11
AWM Embarkation Roll number25/89/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A71 Nestor on 11 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollGunner
Unit from Nominal RollYIA MediumTrench Mortar Battery
FateDied of wounds 19 September 1917
Age at death from cemetery records24
Place of burialStourbridge Cemetery (Row C, Grave No. 328), Hereford and Worcester, England
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
21
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Stephen Joseph and Elizabeth Jane TOWNER, Morgan Street, Wagga Wagga, New South Wales
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength, Divisional Ammunition Column, Egypt, 12 November1915, and posted to No 1 Section.

Transferred to Divisional Ammunition Dump, 9 February 1916.

Taken on strength, 21st Howitzer Brigade, 13 March 1916, and posted to Brigade Ammunition Column.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 25 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 1 April 1916.

Transferred to Trench Mortar Battery, 15 April 1916.

Wounded in action, 10 August 1917 (gun shot wound, chest, penetrated, and neck), and admitted to 55th Field Ambulance, and transferred same day to 17th Casualty Clearing Station; to 55th General Hospital, Boulogne, 24 August 1917; to England, 1 September 1917, and admitted to 1st Southern General Hospital, Stourbridge Section, 1 September 1917. Listed as seriously ill, 8 September 1917.

Died of wounds, and recurrent secondary haemorrhage, 19 September 1917.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, TOWNER Frederick George

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