Cecil James DOWELL

DOWELL, Cecil James

Service Number: 4189
Enlisted: 2 August 1915, Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 60th Infantry Battalion
Born: Fitzroy, Victoria, January 1895
Home Town: Fitzroy, Yarra, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Motor body builder
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World War 1 Service

2 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 4189, Melbourne, Victoria
29 Dec 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 4189, 8th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Demosthenes, Melbourne
29 Dec 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 4189, 8th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
24 May 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 60th Infantry Battalion
19 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 4189, 60th Infantry Battalion, Fromelles (Fleurbaix)
22 Nov 1916: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 4189, 60th Infantry Battalion, GSW (leg)
19 Nov 1917: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, SN 4189, 60th Infantry Battalion, Medically unfit for service

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Biography contributed by Horizon Christian School

Cecil James Dowell was born in 1895 in the small Victorian town of North Fitzroy. His family were known for thier business, Dowell the window makers.

He was working as a builder for the family firm when the Empire called, so he packed up his tools and volunteered for the AIF on 02 Aug 1915, and embarked on 29 Dec 1915 with the 8th Infantry Battalion. Transferred out of the 8th Infantry Battalion in May 1916, Cecil saw service at the battle of Fromelles, France with the 60th Infantry Battalion.

Cecil James was wounded in action on 22 Nov 1916 in France by a gunshot wound to his leg. The bullet severely fractured his femur (upper leg). The damage was so severe that he had to be evacuated to England for treatment, before being sent home to Australia to recuperate. He was eventually discharged medically unfit for service on 19 Nov 1917.

He was awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

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