Horace John TOWERS


TOWERS, Horace John

Service Number: 6827
Enlisted: 12 July 1916, Cootamundra, New South Wales
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 32nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Cootamundra, New South Wales, 1888
Home Town: Stockinbingal, Cootamundra, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farm labourer
Died: Died of Illness (pneumonia), France, 11 November 1918
Cemetery: Abbeville Communal Cemetery Extension
Plot V, Row C, Grave 12, Abbeville Communal Cemetery Extension, Abbeville, Picardie, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

12 Jul 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 6827, 14th Infantry Battalion, Cootamundra, New South Wales
17 Nov 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 6827, 14th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
17 Nov 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 6827, 14th Infantry Battalion, SS Port Napier, Sydney
15 Apr 1917: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 29th Infantry Battalion
26 Sep 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 6827, 29th Infantry Battalion, Polygon Wood, Shell wound (head)

World War 2 Service

12 Oct 1918: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 32nd Infantry Battalion

World War 1 Service

11 Nov 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 6827, 32nd Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Carol Foster

Son of John and Catherine Towers of Harte Brooke Road, Auburn, NSW

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

"6827 Private Horace John Towers, 14th (later 32nd) Battalion of Stockinbingle, NSW. A labourer prior to enlisting, he embarked from Sydney aboard SS Port Napier on 17 November 1917. He died of bronchopneumonia, on 11 November 1918 in the 3rd Australian General Hospital, France, aged 30. He is buried in the Abbeville Communal Cemetery Extension, France." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)

PRIVATE HORACE JOHN TOWERS, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. John Towers, of 'Lochana,' Dartbrook-road, Auburn, died of illness (broncho-pneumonia) at the Third Australian Hospital, Brighton, England, on 11th November, the day that the armistice with Germany was signed. Word had previously been received by the parents from the military authorities that he was dangerously ill, and soon afterwards another message was received stating he was suffering from broncho— pneumonia. Then another announcing his death. The last letter Mr. and Mrs. Towers received from deceased is dated from France on 14th September. He stated he had been fighting continuously from March till that date in the big of fensive. He was then all right and in splendid health. He was 30 years of age and was attached to B Company of the 20th Battalion. He enlisted at Cootamundra, where his parents then resided, in July, 1910. Whilst he was in camp at that place a younger brother went to see him and contracted meningitis, from which he died. Private Horace John embarked for the front on 19th November, 1916, and spent the bulk of his time in France, where he was wounded in the face in September, 1917. It is sad to think that he should have fought so long and died on the very day the war was practically over.