COWLES, Richard John
(Service number 60907)

First Rank Private Last Rank Private


Date 31 December 1895 Place of Birth Timaru

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Upper Waitohi; Geraldine
Occupation Ploughman
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin Mrs M. H. COWLES (mother), Upper Waitohi, Temuka
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information Height 5 feet 9½ inches. Weight 136 lbs

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 30th Reinforcements, Canterbury Infantry Regiment, C Company
Date 13 October 1917
Transport Corinthic
Embarked From Destination Liverpool, Merseyside, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Canterbury Regiment

Military Awards

Campaigns Western Front
Service Medals
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
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Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date 5 March 1920 Reason No longer physically fit for War Service on account of wounds received in action.

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

28 March 1918 wounded - gunshot wound right thigh, fractured femur. 29 March 1918 admitted to No 1 NZ Field Ambulance, then transferred to 56th Casualty Clearing Station. 30 March 1918to No 1 Canadian General Hospital. 2 June 1918 to England & admitted to No 2 NZ General Hospital at Walton-on-Thames; 19 June 1918 placed on seriously ill list, 26 June 1918 removed from seriously ill list.

Post-war Occupations



Date 4 October 1965 Age 69 years
Place of Death
Memorial or Cemetery Timaru Cemetery
Memorial Reference Services Section, Row 119, Plot 16
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Richard John Cowles was the son pf Francis Charles and Margaret Cowles.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [29 December 2016]; Timaru Cemetery headstone image (Timaru District Council) [29 December 2016]

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