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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Cecil" George Charles Cecil Compton FOWLER

Born 12 September 1889 in Bunbury, Western Australia [30: item 4019435]
Son of George Henry FOWLER and Edith Jane COMPTON [15]
Farmer in Perenjori, Western Australia in 1913 and 1914 [50]
     His farm in Perenjori consisted of Victoria Locations 4783 and 4784 [61]
     His first cousin "Eric" Alfred Robert Eric RUSSELL farmed the adjacent Victoria Locations 4781 and 4782 [61]
     Member of the Perenjori Cricket Club in 1914 [86: 21-Mar-1914]
     Prior to leaving his farm in Perenjori he had financially assisted his parents [30: item 4019435]
Enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force in Perth on 7 September 1914 [30: item 4019435]
     On enlistment he was five feet 9½ inches tall, weighed 172 pounds, had blue eyes, dark brown hair and a dark complexion [30]
     He gave his next of kin as his father, whose address was Riverside Farm in Lowden via Donnybrook [30]
     After brief training at Blackboy Hill in the Perth hills he was appointed to "A" Company of the 11th Battalion [30]
     Embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia for active service abroad on the H.M.A.T. A11 Ascanius on 2 November 1914 [30]
     After further training he embarked from Alexandria, Egypt for the Gallipoli Peninsula on the H.M.T. Suffolk on 2 March 1915 [30]
     Private 961 in the Australian Imperial Force's 11th Battalion on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey during the First World War [30]
     Killed in Action on 21 May 1915; buried Lone Pine Cemetery on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey (Plot 1, Row H, Grave 5) [30]
     His personal effects of a disc, belt, gift box, notebook, letters, postcards and photos were posted home to his father [30]
     His father also later received three photographs of his grave, his Memorial Scroll, King's Message and Victory Medal [30]
His cousin Alvin D. R. FOWLER, of the 16th Battalion, was Killed in Action in Belgium on 26 September 1917 [30: item 4023808]
His brother H. Harold S. FOWLER was the farmer of Fairview Farm in Winchester, South Carnamah 1924-1957 [P23]

From The Midlands Advertiser newspaper, Friday 2 July 1915:
Perenjori Notes
"To the general regret of all, the news of the death of Mr. Cecil Fowler was received by last mail. Mr. Fowler was one of the first to volunteer when war broke out, and left with the first contingent. With many other gallant comrades, he was killed in action at the Dardanelles. He will be sadly missed, for his genial personalty made him many friends."

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'George Charles Cecil Compton Fowler' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 22 August 2019 from  [ sources ]

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