Just Another Pair Of Socks

Melton District ANZACS

John Charles FOWLER


Born: 24 January, 1892

Birth registration: Victorian Births, Deaths & Marriages Registration No. 16230

Birthplace: Numurkah, Victoria

Parents: Edmund William Fowler (1857-1935); Caroline Whiteford (1861-1938)

Died: 9 July, 1955

Place of death: New Zealand

Burial place: Motueka Cemetery, Marlborough, Nelson, New Zealand

Awards and Honours

  • 1914-1915 Star
  • British War Medal 1914-20
  • Victory Medal


14th Battalion, 12th Reinforcements; 46th Battalion



Regimental Service Number: 3739

Enlistment date: 28 July, 1915 Melbourne

Age at enlistment: 23 years 6 months

Address at enlistment: Breavean, Rockbank

Religion: Methodist

Marital Status: Single

Next of kin: Father: Edmund William Fowler

Physical Description: Height: 5 feet 6 inches
Weight: 10 stones 4 pounds
Complexion: Fresh
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Fair
Distinctive marks: Vaccination x 3, Scars: Neck, Thigh, Knee

Embarkation ship: H.M.A.T. A 40 Ceramic.

Rank: Private

Return Date: 9 December, 1918

Return Vessel: Leicestershire.

Arrival at Australia: 21 January, 1919.

Discharge Date: 28 July, 1919

War Service Summary

10/08/1915    At depot
23/11/1915    Embarked
06/03/1916 - 46th Battalion; Ex Zeitoun
Tel Kieba
01/04/1916    To hospital, Serapeum - mumps
14/04/1916 - Return Unit
02/06/1916   Proceeded to join British Expeditionary Forces, ex Alexandria
08/06/1916    Disembarked at Marsailles
31/08/1916    Wounded In Action in the field; Admitted 3rd Canadian Field Ambulance
02/09/1916    Discharged to duty; Exhaustion
09/09/1916 - Rejoined Unit
21/09/1916 - Appointed Acting Corporal
11/10/1916    Promoted to Corporal in the field
11/04/1917    Wounded In Action, Gun Shot Wound, Left Knee, 2nd occasion
19/04/1917    Embarked Rouen aboard H.S. St. George, for England
20/04/1917 - Transfers to 3rd London General Hospital, Wandsworth
20/06/1917 - Transferred to Grove Military Hospital, Tooting
23/08/1917    Transferred to 1st Auxiliary Hospital
09/12/1918    Returned to Australia

Will lodged for safekeeping at the Commercial Bank, Woodend

War Service Commemerated

Life After the War

Names of wife & children:
09/04/1923 - Married Rita Newson (1896-1977) Reg. # 3324

Shirley Beryl

Place/s of residence:
1914-1915 Woodend - Electoral Rolls
1919 Thomastown - Electoral Rolls
1921-1924 Donald Electoral Rolls
1925 Commercial Bank, Victoria St., Warragul, with Rita - Electoral Rolls
1928 152, Clifford St., Gisborne, New Zealand, with Rita - Electoral Rolls
1935 19 Linewood Av., Canterbury - Electoral Rolls
1939 19 Linewood Av., Canterbury, New Zealand
1946 High St., Motueka, Nelson, New Zealand, with Rita and Shirley
1954 Commercial Bank, Motueka, Nelson, New Zealand, with Rita and Shirley

1914-1919 - Bank Clerk - Electoral Rolls
1921-1928 - Bank Manager - Electoral Rolls
1928-1954 Bank Manager in New Zealand
Commercial Bank in Australia and New Zealand

Date of death:
Place of burial:
Motueka Cemetery, Marlborough, Nelson, New Zealand


Australian War Memorial
Service Record
New Zealand records