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Lindsay Mempes COWLEY

Regimental number2829
Place of birthKadina South Australia
AddressCowley Terrace, Kadina, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinMother, Mrs A J Cowley, Cowley Terrace, Kadina, South Australia
Enlistment date14 June 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name10th Battalion, 9th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/27/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A15 Star Of England on 21 September 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll10th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

'Courage and devotion to duty in re-organisation and leadership of Platoon, rendering valuable services. (Polygon Wood on 19-22 September 1917)
Recommendation date: 7 October 1917

FateReturned to Australia 12 April 1919

Military Medal

'During the operations at POLYGON WOOD east of YPRES on 19/23rd September, 1917, Sgt. COWLEY showed great courage and devotion to duty. His platoon had become disorganised owing to having been caught in an enemy barrage. With utter disregard as to his personal safety he moved up and down among his men and reorganised them and by his cheerfulness and example greatly steadied them. Later during the advance he led his platoon against a section of trench and captured two Machine Guns and killed a large number of the enemy.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death9 October 1963
Place of burialPoint Clare Cemetery

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