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Edward George COWCHER

Regimental number1173
Place of birthPyrmont New South Wales
SchoolPyrmont Public School, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
Address8 Union Street, Pyrmont, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinMother, Mrs Cowcher, 8 Union Street, Pyrmont, Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date1 March 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name17th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/34/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A32 Themistocles on 12 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll17th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty when directing and controlling the fire of two Lewis Guns exposed to heavy enemy fire.
Recommendation date: 5 March 1917

Military Medal

For exceptionally good work in charge of Lewis Guns and also in operating a German machine gun in an enemy trench.
Recommendation date: 13 May 1917

FateKilled in Action 3 October 1918
Place of death or woundingFrance
Age at death24
Age at death from cemetery records24
Place of burialBallicourt British Cemetery (Plot V, Row R, Grave No. 10), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William and Elizabeth COWCHER, 8 Union Street, Pyrmont, New South Wales

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty on 1st March, 1917. He directed and controlled the fire of two Lewis Guns which were in the open and exposed to enemy machine gun and shell fire, and inflicted many casualties. On 2nd March, 1917, after bombing party had been driven down LAYTON LANE, Corporal COWCHER held a barricade with his Lewis Gun while bombs were being freely exchanged.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 189
Date: 3634110

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

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

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