John James COWLAND

COWLAND, John James

Service Number: 2009
Enlisted: 11 August 1915, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 32nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Kilkenny, South Australia, Australia, 27 December 1892
Home Town: Truro, Mid Murray, South Australia
Schooling: Towitta Public School, South Australia, Australia
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Killed in Action, France, 19 July 1916, aged 23 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Adelaide Cambrai WW1 Roll of Honour, Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Sedan Institute Honour Roll, Sedan Pioneers and War Memorial and Flagpole, Truro War Memorial, Truro and District Roll of Honour, V.C. Corner Australian Cemetery Memorial
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World War 1 Service

11 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Adelaide, South Australia
7 Feb 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 2009, 32nd Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
7 Feb 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 2009, 32nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Miltiades, Adelaide
19 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 2009, 32nd Infantry Battalion, Fromelles (Fleurbaix)

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Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

John was the son of Richard and Elizabeth Cowland, of Morgan, South Australia. He had been born and schooled at Towitta, South Australia. He and his brother William Horace Cowland both joined the 32nd Battalion at the same time and were allotted consecutive regimental numbers. They both fought their first battle at Fromelles, with only William surviving.

Nothing exists as to the fate of John but he was never reported missing, simply killed in action 19 July 1916. He has no known grave.

2010 Lance Corporal William Horace Cowland 32nd Battalion AIF, was later killed in action on 24 June 1918, still at only 20 years of age.

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Biography

"THE LATE PRIVATE J. J. COWLAND.

TRURO. August 14.— Much regret was felt here when the sad news came to hand that Private J. J. Cowland, of Towitta, had been killed in action. Private Cowland was the eldest son of Mr. R. Cowland, manager for Mr. L. McBean at Baldon station, and enlisted from Truro with his younger brother some months ago. He was well known here, and loved and respected by all who came in contact with him. Private Cowland was a fine manly fellow and a well-known athlete. He was born at Towitta and spent almost all his time there. He was a grandson of Mr. A. Baker, who died recently in Adeiaide." - from the Adelaide Chronicle 19 Aug 1916 (nla.gov.au)

 

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