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Robert Wm DOWSETT

Regimental number86
Place of birthHotham, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationDvr
Address20 Wangaratta Street, Richmond, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Next of kinMother, Mrs Dowsett, 20 Wangaratta Street, Richmond, Victoria
Enlistment date19 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentDriver
Unit name2nd Field Ambulance
AWM Embarkation Roll number26/45/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A18 Wiltshire on 19 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Field Ambulance
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


'Great coolness and bravery whilst in charge of Bearer Relay Post, rendering valuable services in evacuation work. (East of Ypres)'
Recommendation date: 11 October 1917

FateKilled in Action 17 April 1918
Age at death from cemetery records31
Place of burialHazebrouck Communal Cemetery (Plot III, Row E, Grave No. 21), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
182
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Joseph and Isabella DOWSETT, Burgess Street, Bentleigh, Victoria, Australia. Natie of Richmond, Victoria
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty at MENIN ROAD, outside YPRES, on the two following separate occasions:- On 27th September he was in charge of a Bearer Relay Post, he was heavily shelled, and with great coolness and bravery kept his men together, dug out those who had been buried, organised stretcher squads from Infantry near by, and brought in the wounded under constant heavy fire. On 4th October while in charge of a Bearer Sub. division he rescued wounded continuously for three hours under exceptionally heavy shell fire. Throughout he set a splendid example of bravery and coolness under fire to the rest of the men.'
Date: 7 March 1918

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