Alan Stewart VOWLES

Date of birth27 February 1891
ReligionChurch of England
AddressNaval and Military Club, Perth, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinFather, Thomas Vowles, Melbourne GPO, Melbourne, Victoria
Enlistment date14 September 1914
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit name12th Battalion, H Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/29/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board Transport A7 Medic on 2 November 1914
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal Roll12th Battalion


Unit: 12 Battalion
Promotion date: 1 February 1915


Unit: 12th Battalion
Promotion date: 20 February 1916

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 29890 (2 January 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 103 (29 June 1917).

FateDischarged 12 December 1918

Distinguished Service Order

'For conspicuous gallantry and fine leadership during a period of operations, when he commanded the greater portion of three companies in the front line with great success and ability. His cool appreciation and handling of the situation enabled the position to be held against counter attack and under heavy shell fire.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 44
Date: 6 April 1916