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|One of The Original 500|
James Francis (Frank) Fowler, Blue Puttee # 311
24 April 1883- 18 August 1929
Parents: James and Mary (Dohey) Fowler
Mt. Carmel, Salmonier, Newfoundland
David Power [on left] , Patrick Joseph Ryan [Royal Naval Reserve], and James [Frank] Fowler [on right]
At the outbreak of WW I, Frank was a thirty two year old crewman on the fishing vessel, Metamora, at Holyrood, Newfoundland,
Frank was assigned # 311 and David Power # 310. They went through a lot of the war together.
|Sep 1||1914||Dr. Cluny MacPherson declared ‘fit for duty’, Shore Base Depot , St. John’s, Newfoundland|
|Sep 2||1914||Enlisted in First Newfoundland Regiment, Blue Puttee #311, St. John’s, Newfoundland|
|Oct 4||1914||Embarked for Britain on SS Florizel|
|Oct 15||1914||Disembarked at Devonport, Britain|
|Oct 16||1914||Completed training and duties at several locations including Edinburgh Castle, Britain|
|Apr 16||1915||Vaccinated in preparation for active service|
|Aug 15||1915||Medical declared ‘Fit for Foreign Service’|
|Sep 1||1915||Disembarked Alexandria; proceeded to Abbassia, Cairo, Egypt by train|
|Sep 13||1915||Embarked for Sulva Bay, Gallipoli, Turkey with British Mediterranean Expeditionary Force|
|Sep 19||1915||Regiment joined the 88th Brigade of the 29th Division of the British Army in active service|
|Dec 2||1915||Evacuated from Gallipoli|
|Mar 14||1916||Embarked Port Suez, France as part of British Expeditionary Force|
|Mar 22||1916||Disembarked at Marseilles, France|
|Apr 4||1916||With Battalion|
|Aug 9||1916||Battle of Ypres- Wounded (gas poisoning & shell shock); Field Ambulance to Casualty Clearing Station, Remy, France|
|Aug 11||1916||Transferred to Wimereaux Hospital, Wimereaux, France|
|Aug 17||1916||Transferred to Hardelot Hospital, Hardelot, France|
|Sep 16||1916||Transferred to Convalescence Hospital, Cayeaux, France|
|Sep 28||1916||Discharged to Base Depot at Rouen, France|
|Oct 22||1916||Rejoined Battalion|
|Jan 23||1917||With Battalion|
|Dec 10||1917||Base Depot at Rouen, France|
|Dec 22||1917||With Battalion|
|Dec 26||1917||Promoted to Lance Corporal|
|Jul 24||1918||Proceeded overseas for Recruiting and other purposes|
|Aug 8||1918||Returned from overseas to Base Depot, St. John’s, Newfoundland|
|Aug 27||1918||Granted permission to marry Miss Angela Lewis, Tickles, Newfoundland|
|Sep 8||1918||Granted Blue Puttee special leave from Base Depot, St. John’s|
|Oct 17||1918||Applied for Release|
|Oct 19||1918||Granted Conditional Leave for civil employment; self-employment or at Simmonds & Sparkes Lumbering, Colinet, Newfoundland|
|Nov 19||1918||Travelling Medical Board certified for discharge|
|Feb 15||1919||Discharged having served 4 years and 176 days|
1914-1915 Star… Issued March 24, 1919
British Victory Medal 1914-191… Issued Jan 10, 1920
After the war, Frank worked as a fisherman mostly out of Gloucester, Massachusetts, USA.
Gas effects from the war led to his early death on August 18, 1929 aboard the trawler, Edith Rose, in the Georges Banks.
He was survived by his wife, Angela, and two children, Harold and Mary.
His body is buried in his hometown of Mt. Carmel, Newfoundland.
Military Records Contact: Daniel B. Breen
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