|Place of birth||Forfarshire Scotland|
|Age at embarkation||31|
|Next of kin||Mother, Mrs Mary J Cowie, Little Keithlock, Breachin, Forfarshire, Scotland|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||25th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/42/2|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A26 Armadale on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Corporal|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||25th Battalion|
|Recommendations (Medals and Awards)||
Work at Westhoek Ridge on 20 September 1917.
|Fate||Returned to Australia
'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