William Duncan Finlayson (Will) MOWAT


MOWAT, William Duncan Finlayson

Service Number: 466
Enlisted: 28 April 1915, Colac, Victoria
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 24th Infantry Battalion
Born: Cressy, Victoria, Australia, 10 December 1892
Home Town: Cressy, Colac-Otway, Victoria
Schooling: Cressy State School, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Killed in Action, Gallipoli, Gallipoli, Dardanelles, Turkey, 23 September 1915, aged 22 years
Cemetery: Lone Pine Cemetery, ANZAC
Lone Pine Cemetery, Gallipoli Peninsula, Canakkale Province, Turkey
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Colac Soldier's Memorial, Cressy & District War Memorial Gates, Cressy State School Roll of Honor
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World War 1 Service

28 Apr 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 466, Colac, Victoria
10 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 466, 24th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
10 May 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 466, 24th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Euripides, Melbourne
23 Sep 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 466, 24th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli

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"Very great regret was expressed in Cressy and district when the news was received early last Wednesday morning that Private W. Mowat, son of Mr W. Mowat, had been killed fighting at the front. The news came as a great shock to his parents and relatives. It is only about four months ago since the late Private Mowat enlisted from here. He was only in the fighting line three days before he met his death. He was only 23 years of age, and was well-known and highly respected here. The flag at the State school (of whom deceased was an old scholar) was flown half-mast on Wednesday as a mark of respect." - from the Cressy and Lismore Pioneer and Western Plains Representitive 20 Oct 1915 (nla.gov.au)