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James Picken COWEY

Regimental number426
Date of birth--/03/1890
Place of birthBrunswick Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFarmer
AddressWeardale via Belgrave PO, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinMother, Mrs A C Cowey, Weardale Belgrave PO, Belgrave, Victoria
Enlistment date8 September 1914
Rank on enlistmentSergeant
Unit name14th Battalion, D Company
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 22 December 1914
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll46th Battalion
Promotions

2nd Lieutenant


Unit: INF46
Promotion date: 2 August 1916

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross


Work near Hamel on 8 August 1918.
Recommendation date: 11 August 1918

Military Cross


Recommendation date: 25 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 21 September 1918
Medals

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty as intelligence officer during operations wet of Bellenglise on the 18th-19th September 1918. When the line was held up by heavy machine gun fire, he dashed forward, organized a party, and pushed forward to a sunken road, where he established posts under intense machine gun fire. It was owing to his fine work in assisting to organize the line that the position was held.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 10
Date: 29 January 1920

Other detailsMedals: Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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