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Regimental number2615
Place of birthNorthwich, Cheshire, England
ReligionChurch of England
AddressRochester, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinFather, John M Cowley, Bamawm, Victoria
Enlistment date8 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll13 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name22nd Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/39/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 27 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll7th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 28 March 1919
Discharge date6 July 1919
Family/military connectionsCousins: 6772 Pte Leslie COWLEY, 35th Bn, returned to Australia, 3 July 1919; 6773 Pte Walter COWLEY, 35th Bn, killed in action, 4 April 1918.
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War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength, 7th Bn, Serapeum, 24 February 1916.

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 26 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 31 March 1916.

Admitted to hospital (injured knee), 4 July 1917; transferred to England, 16 July 1917, and admitted to Northampton War Hospital, 17 July 1917. Transferred to No. 1 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 31 July 1917; discharged to No. 2 Command Depot, 13 November 1917; proceeded overseas to France, 19 December 1917.

Admitted to hospital, 26 June 1918 (catarrh); rejoined unit, 30 July 1918.

Wounded in action, 11 August 1918 (gun shot wound, right shoulder); rejoined unit, 19 September 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board 'City of Poona', 28 March 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 14 May 1919; discharged, 6 July 1919.

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

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