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Robert John Aunger Rowe was born in Ballarat, Victoria, was single and a Turner and fitter when he enlisted in the 14th Battalion, 12th Reinforcement on 17 July 1915 at the age of 22. His unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 23 November 1915. He received a field promotion to Lance Corporal on 9 October 1917 and marched overseas to France. On 6 July 1918 h was wounded in action with a gunshot wound to the right arm, fracturing his humerus, resulting in being invalided to the UK. During his recovery the armistice was signed, essentially bringing the war to an end. He returned home to Australia on 20 November 1918.
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