Albert CHOWNE VC, MM

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CHOWNE, Albert

Service Number: NX24405
Enlisted: 27 May 1940
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 2nd/2nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 19 July 1920
Home Town: Willoughby, Willoughby, New South Wales
Schooling: Chatswood Boys Intermediate High School and Naremburn Junior Technical School
Occupation: Salesmen
Died: Killed In Action, New Guinea, 25 March 1945, aged 24 years
Cemetery: Lae War Cemetery
Lae War Cemetery, Lae, Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Keith Payne VC Memorial Park, North Bondi War Memorial
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World War 2 Service

27 May 1940: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Private, SN NX24405, 2nd/13th Infantry Battalion
2 Apr 1941: Involvement Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Private, SN NX24405, 2nd/13th Infantry Battalion, Siege of Tobruk
27 Sep 1942: Promoted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Sergeant, 2nd/13th Infantry Battalion
24 Oct 1942: Wounded Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Sergeant, SN NX24405, 2nd/13th Infantry Battalion, El Alamein
20 Jul 1943: Involvement Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Sergeant, SN NX24405, 2nd/13th Infantry Battalion, New Guinea - Huon Peninsula / Markham and Ramu Valley /Finisterre Ranges Campaigns
25 Oct 1943: Honoured Military Medal, New Guinea - Huon Peninsula / Markham and Ramu Valley /Finisterre Ranges Campaigns, APROVED FOR THE AWARD OF MILITARY MEDAL (Immediate).
2 Nov 1944: Involvement Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Lieutenant, SN NX24405, 2nd/2nd Infantry Battalion, Aitape - Wewak, New Guinea
25 Mar 1945: Honoured Victoria Cross, APROVED FOR THE AWARD OF THE VICTORIA CROSS (immediate )
25 Mar 1945: Involvement Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Lieutenant, SN NX24405, 2nd/2nd Infantry Battalion, Aitape - Wewak, New Guinea

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Details in respect of the award of the VICTORIA CROSS are detailed on Google.

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Biography contributed by Robert Kearney

Chowne, Albert Edward (1920–1945)
by Margaret Barter

Albert Edward Chowne, army officer, was born on 19 July 1920 in Sydney, seventh child of Balmain-born parents Arthur James Chowne, grocer, and his wife Frances Ellen, née Dalziel. The Chowne and Dalziel families were well known in the Willoughby district where Bert grew up. Educated at Chatswood Boys' Intermediate High and Naremburn Junior Technical schools, he started work in 1935 as a shirtcutter at David Jones Ltd. Chowne played for Gordon Rugby Union Football Club, and also enjoyed scouting and tennis. He was 5 ft 9 ins (175 cm) tall, with brown hair, a fair complexion and hazel eyes.

Having served briefly in the Militia's 36th Battalion, on 27 May 1940 he enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force; he described himself as a salesman, probably to avoid reserved-occupation status. From the outset, he showed initiative, beginning in the 2nd/13th Battalion as No.15 Platoon runner and soon advancing to company runner. Reaching the Middle East in November 1940, the battalion helped to garrison Tobruk, Libya, from April to December 1941. Chowne transferred to the carrier platoon and in September 1942 was promoted substantive sergeant. His actions in battle were always conspicuous. On 24 October at El Alamein, Egypt, he was wounded and admitted to hospital.

https://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/chowne-albert-edward-9743 (adb.anu.edu.au)

 

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