Philip Charles VOWLES

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VOWLES, Philip Charles

Service Number: 996
Enlisted: 20 August 1914, Brisbane, Queensland
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 9th Infantry Battalion
Born: Winford, England, July 1886
Home Town: Woolloongabba, Brisbane, Queensland
Schooling: Barrow Gurney School, Somerset
Occupation: Police constable
Died: Died of Illness (Pneumonia), Netley, England, 2 October 1915
Cemetery: Netley Military Cemetery
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

20 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 996, Brisbane, Queensland
24 Sep 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 996, 9th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
24 Sep 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 996, 9th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Omrah, Brisbane
25 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 996, 9th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

"Constable Phillip Vowles was a deserter in the 61st Gloucestershire regiment in England before immigrating to Australia and joining the Queensland Police in 1912. He was stationed at Woolloongabba until he joined the 9th Battalion as soon as war was declared.  Lance Corporal Vowles embarked aboard the first convoy overseas the HMAT Omrah A5 to Egypt on 24 of September 1914. The 9th Battalion as part of the 3rd Brigade were part of the covering force to secure a beach head on Gallipoli and were the first to land at ANZAC Cove in April 1915. At the end of July of 1915 sickness among the troops had become a serious concern.  Vowels succumbed to illness on 8 of September 1915 and he was admitted to the ANZAC hospital with Influenza. This developed into dysentery and pneumonia and he was transferred, first to Imbros and the in a serious condition to Netley Military Hospital in England. On 2 of October, at the age of 29, Phillip Vowles died from Pneumonia and was buried at Netley Military Cemetery." - SOURCE (www.police.qld.gov.au)

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