George Austin Thomas (Gat) ROWLING

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ROWLING, George Austin Thomas

Service Number: 16976
Enlisted: 29 September 1925, Sydney, New South Wales
Last Rank: Leading Seaman
Last Unit: HMAS Perth (I) D29 WW2
Born: Cobar, New South Wales, 7 October 1907
Home Town: Cobar, Cobar, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Sailor
Died: Killed in Action, Sunda Strait, Indonesia, Sunda Strait, Netherlands East Indies, 1 March 1942, aged 34 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
No known grave, Plymouth Naval Memorial, Plymouth, Devon, England, United Kingdom
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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Non Warlike Service

29 Sep 1925: Enlisted Royal Australian Navy, Ordinary Seaman, SN 16976, HMAS Penguin (IV) 1939-1940/HMAS Brisbane 1940-1942/HMAS Moreton (I) 1942-1994 (Depot), Sydney, New South Wales

World War 2 Service

29 Sep 1925: Enlisted Royal Australian Navy, Leading Seaman, SN 16976
3 Sep 1939: Involvement Leading Seaman, SN 16976, HMAS Perth (I) D29 WW2
1 Mar 1942: Involvement Royal Australian Navy, Leading Seaman, SN 16976, HMAS Perth (I) D29 WW2, RAN Operations - 'SW Pacific / Indian Ocean 1941-43'

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Biography

"...16976 Leading Seaman George Austin Thomas 'GAT' Rowling, RAN, of Sydney, NSW (originally of Cobar, NSW). Ldg Sea Rowling enlisted on 29 September 1925. He was killed in action on 1 March 1942, aged 34, when the ship on which he was serving, HMAS Perth, was sunk by Japanese destroyers in the Sunda Strait." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)