Aloysius Alfred Ambrose OWENS

OWENS, Aloysius Alfred Ambrose

Service Number: 662
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 27th Infantry Battalion
Born: Collinsfield, South Australia, date not yet discovered
Home Town: Not yet discovered
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: near Quorn, South Australia, 12 April 1961, cause of death not yet discovered, age not yet discovered
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Mundoora War Memorial, Port Broughton War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

31 May 1915: Involvement Private, SN 662, 27th Infantry Battalion
31 May 1915: Embarked Private, SN 662, 27th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Geelong, Adelaide

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Biography contributed by tony griffin

Aloysius was the son of Dominick and Mary Ellen (nee Waller) Owens of Port Broughton and Redhill. Aloysius was born at Collinsfield in about 1881. A labourer, he was 34 years old when he enlisted at Keswick on 26 January 1915.

Aloysius was appointed to C Coy 27 Battalion and embarked from Adelaide aboard HMAT A2 “Geelong” on 31 May 1915.  27 Battalion landed in Egypt on 6 July and while training in Egypt Aloysius was transferred to 2 Division Signals Company. A horse kick to his leg resulted in him being admitted to Heliopolis Hospital on Christmas Eve 1915. He embarked from Alexandria on 16 March 1916 and landed at Marseilles 5 days later. In France a series of promotions followed until he achieved the rank of Honorary Company Sergeant Major. On 17 June 1918 Aloysius was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal.

After the war had ended Aloysius returned to England where, on 10 June, he married tailoress Catherine Scott Burnett in a ceremony at Edinburgh. Aloysius and Catherine embarked from Liverpool aboard Family Ship “Megantic” on 9 January 1920 and disembarked in Adelaide on 18 February. He was discharged on 18 April 1920.

 His brother, 2211Pte George John Dominick, served with 10 Battalion AIF.