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Harold Raymond Rowsell (surname listed as ROSWELL according to AUF) was born in Ballarat, Victoria, was single and a Bricklayer when he enlisted in the 3rd Australian Casualty Clearing Station on 23 July 1915 at the age of 23. His unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A7 Medic on 20 May 1916. On 4 February 1917 he was admitted to hospital with pleurisy, a condition which impairs their lubricating function and causes pain when breathing. It is caused by pneumonia and other diseases of the chest or abdomen. He re-joined his unit from hospital on 11 February and proceeded overseas to France. Other than an instance of overstaying his leave without permission (AWL) he completed his tour of duty without significant incident, illness or injury.
He was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for conduct as published to the Lindon Gazette on 30 October 1919.
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