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One of The Original 500

Frank Fowler Regt # 311
Donated by Brendan Power

David Power [on left] , Unknown Sailor, and James [Frank] Fowler [on right]

Name: James Francis Fowler

Born: 1882, Mt. Carmel, Salmonier, St. Maryís Bay

Father: James Fowler

Mother: Mary Fowler

At the outbreak of war, August, 1914, Frank and his cousin, David Power, were crewmen on the fishing vessel Metamora at Holyrood, Conception Bay. They signed off, took the train to St. Johnís and joined the Newfoundland Regiment, September 2, 1914 as part of the First Five Hundred, commonly called the "Blue Puttees".

Frank was assigned # 311 and David Power # 310. They went through a lot of the war together.

Oct 3 1914 Embarked SS. Florizel for the United Kingdom
Oct 4 1914 Joined Canadian convoy off Newfoundland
Oct 15 1914 Disembarked "Davenport", U.K., on to Salisbury Plain. After training went to Fort George near Inverness, Scotland for more training
Feb 1915 To Edinburgh Castle on Garrison Duty, the only colonial troops to do so; thence to Aldershot
Aug 20 1915 Embarked British Mediterranean Expeditionary Force at Davenport for active service Gallipoli
Aug 31 1915 Disembarked Alexandria, proceeded to Abbassia, Cairo
Sep 13 1915 Embarked Alexandria for Gallipoli
Dec 2 1915 Evacuated from Gallipoli
Mar 14 1916 Embarked Port Suez for B.E.F., France
Mar 22 1916 Disembarked Marseilles, France
Aug 9 1916 Wounded; F.A. to # 10 C.C.S.; "gas poisoning and shell shock"
Aug 11 1916 At 14th General Hospital, Wimereux..
Sep 29 1916 Joined Base Depot, Rouen
Oct 22 1916 Joined Battalion
Jan 23 1917 With Battalion
Mar 12 1917 F.A. to C.C.S.
Apr 12 1917 Transferred to base, Rouen
Dec 20 1917 Rejoined Battalion
Dec 26 1917 Appointed L/Cpl.- paid
Dec 30 1917 With Battalion
Jul 22 1918 Ordered to proceed overseas for eight (8) weeks on recruiting drive and other purposes. Granted special "Blue Puttee Leave" until Sept. 8th, 1918
Jul 27 1918 Embarked for Newfoundland
Aug 8 1918 Reported to Depot at St. Johnís, NFLD
Oct 19 1918 Granted leave to Oct. 23, 1918
Oct 28 1918 Granted leave to Nov. 4, 1918
Nov 20 1918 Granted Conditional leave
Feb 15 1919 Demobilized after serving 4 years 176 days

F.A. - Field Ambulance C.C.S. - Casualty Clearing Station.

Shortly after his return from overseas, Frank married Angela Lewis of Salmonier.
They lived in Mount Carmel and had two children.
Frank worked as a fisherman, mostly out of Glouscester, Mass.,
and died on one of the fishing boats in 1929.
His body was returned home for burial in Mount Carmel Cemetery.

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