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Henry Atfield COWDROY

Regimental number752
Place of birthWagonga New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
AddressWoodford via Caboolture, Queensland
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation37
Next of kinWife, Mrs H A Cowdroy, Kanganga, Marey Valley Line, Gympie, Queensland
Enlistment date14 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name3rd Pioneer Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/15/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A62 Wandilla on 6 June 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Pioneer Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 23/07/1017

FateReturned to Australia 10 May 1919

Military Medal

'On the night of 26th/27th June, 1917, at LA PETITE DOUVE FARM, MESSINES, No. 752 Private Henry Atfield COWDROY was a member of a working party which was constructing trench tramways, when a heavy enemy barrage dropped on the party. Private COWDROY showed great coolness, courage and determination, in that he, although badly wounded in the foot, went to the assistance of a wounded Officer, and under heavy shell fire, carried him to a place of safety, although he himself suffered considerably from loss of blood. He then pushed on and obtained assistance, and eventually arrived at the Dressing Station in a most exhausted condition, with the wounded Officer. In his actions he displayed great self sacrifice and devotion to duty.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 9
Date: 24 January 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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