Regimental number6739
Place of birthDublin, Ireland
SchoolChristian Brothers School, Westland Row, Dublin, Ireland
Age on arrival in Australia30
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressBrisbane, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation36
Height5' 7"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Dowling, 96 Donore Terrace, South Circular Road, Dublin, Ireland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date11 September 1916
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name9th Battalion, 22nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/26/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A74 Marathon on 27 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll9th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularEnlisted 11th September, 1916, 9th Battalion, 22nd Reinforcements. Taken on Strength, 9th Battalion, 11 May, 1917. Accidentally wounded, 13 December, 1918.
FateDied of wounds 13 December 1918
Place of death or woundingFrance
Age at death34
Place of burialMaubeuge (Sous-le-Bois) Cemetery (Row C, Grage No. 29), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Town. Brisbane, Queensland
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Brisbane on HMAT 'Marathon', 27 October 1916; disembarked Plymouth, 9 January 1917.

Found guilty, Durrington, 30 January 1917, of being absent without leave, 12.00 am, 26 January, to 2.30 pm, 30 January 1917: awarded 4 days' detention, forfeited total of 7 days' pay. Proceeded to France from Folkestone, 3 May 1917; marched into 1st Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 4 May 1917; marched out, 7 May 1917; taken on strength of 9th Bn, 11 May 1917.

Admitted to 1st Australian Division Rest Station, 27 September 1917; transferred to 3rd Canadian Casualty Clearing Station, 28 September 1917; to Ambulance Train '27', 1 October 1918, to 7th Convalescent Depot, Boulogne, 1 October 1917; admitted to 39th General Hospital, Havre, 4 October 1917; discharged to 1st Australian Divisional Base Depot, Havre, 6 December 1917; marched out, 12 December 1917; rejoined unit in field, 19 December 1917; granted leave to United Kingdom, 3 March 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 21 March 1918.

Admitted to 3rd Australian Field Ambulance, 2 May 1918; admitted to 2nd Casualty Clearing Station, 3 May 1918, and transferred to 2nd Stationary Hospital (debility). Proceeded to England on HS 'Pieter de Conick', 11 May 1918, and admitted to Kitchener Military Hospital, Brighton; transferred to 1st Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 25 May 1918; discharged on furlough, 28 May 1918. Marched into No 4 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 11 June 1918; marched into Longbridge Overseas Training Bn, Deverill, 8 October 1918.

Proceeded to France from Southampton, 30 October 1918; marched into Australian Infantry Base Depot, Havre, 31 October 1918; marched out, 2 November 1918; rejoined unit in field, 3 November 1918.

Admitted to 2nd Australian Field Ambulance, 13 December 1918, and transferred to 5th Casualty Clearing Station.

Died of wounds, 13 December 1918.

'Court of Inquiry held in the field found that 6739 Dowling J. sustained accidental injuries about 11.00 am on 13 December 1918 by the detonation of a nose cap of a heavy German shell. He was not to blame'.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, DOWLING John