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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,
when he enlisted in the First World War with his cousin, Dave Power.

Frank served mostly overseas.

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’
Aug 20 1915

Embarked for Alexandria, Egypt

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


Medals:  
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.


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