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Charles COWAIN

Regimental number1463
Place of birthBloomfield Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinWife, Mrs Dorothy Cowain, 62 Chadsworth Road, North Perth, Western Australia
Enlistment date19 November 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name16th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/33/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A50 Itonus on 22 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll16th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal

Recommendation date: 1 April 1918

FateReturned to Australia 31 July 1918

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He led a bombing attack through enemy trenches against continuous opposition. When the attack at other points was held up by an enemy machine gun, he kept it out of action until his company was able to proceed. It was in a great measure due to his almost reckless courage and personal example that his party was successful.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

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