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Regimental number6772
Date of birth1 December 1898
Place of birthDaisy Farm, nr Uralla, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationSheep farmer
AddressDeepwater, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinFather, James Cowley, Deepwater, New South Wales
Enlistment date1 May 1917
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll22 April 1917
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name18th Battalion, 20th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/35/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A72 Beltana on 16 June 1917
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll35th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 3 July 1919
Discharge date26 September 1919
Family/military connectionsBrother: 6773 Pte Walter COWLEY, 35th Bn, killed in action, 4 April 1918; Cousin: 2615 Pte Harry COWLEY, 7th Bn, returned to Australia, 28 March 1919.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Embarked, Sydney, 16 June 1917; disembarked, Plymouth, 25 August 1917. Marched in to 5th Training Bn, 25 August 1917. Proceeded overseas to France, 1 January 1918; marched out to the front, 5 January 1918. Taken on strength, 35th Bn, 7 January 1918.

Wounded in action, 4 April 1918; admitted to 9th Australian Field Ambulance (bullet wound, back; family wrongly advised, owing to mutilated cable, that wound was to left leg), 4 April 1918; transferred to 10th General Hospital, Rouen, 5 April 1918; transferred to England, 7 April 1918. Discharged from 3rd Auxiliary Hospital to furlough, 26 April 1918, to report to No. 3 Convalescent Depot, Hurdcott, 10 May 1918. Marched in to No. 1 Convalescent Depot, Sutton Veny, 6 June 1918; to Overseas Training Brigade, Longbridge, 17 June 1918.

Proceeded overseas to France, 10 July 1918; rejoined unit in the field, 14 July 1918.

On leave in the United Kingdom, 13-27 March 1919. Appointed Lance Corporal, 11 April 1919. Admitted to 3rd Australian General Hospital, 1 May 1919 (measles); transferred to 46th Stationary Hospital, 2 May 1919; discharged to duty, Le Havre, 15 May 1919. Marched out to England to begin return to Australia, 23 May 1919; commenced return to Australia on board 'Prinz Hubertus', 3 July 1919. Discharged, 26 September 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Date of death6 October 1974
Age at death76
Place of burialScone Cemetery, New South Wales

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