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William COWIE

Regimental number2231
Place of birthForfarshire Scotland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation31
Next of kinMother, Mrs Mary J Cowie, Little Keithlock, Breachin, Forfarshire, Scotland
Enlistment date27 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name25th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/42/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A26 Armadale on 18 September 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll25th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Work at Westhoek Ridge on 20 September 1917.
Recommendation date: 24 September 1917

FateReturned to Australia 9 December 1918

Military Medal

'At WESTHOEK RIDGE 20th September 1917. For conspicuous gallantry when he, accompanied by Private BASSINGTHWAIGHTE observed an enemy machine gun firing from a concrete position and inflicting casualties on our advancing wave. He rushed forward engaging the enemy gun with his Lewis Gun firing from the hip. He thus enabled his companion to advanced and bomb the crew whom they killed or captured. Later he took up an advanced position with his gun and maintained it despite heavy shell fire for about thirty hours. Throughout, he was a splendid example to the rest of his section.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

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