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Richard William Dowell
Personal Information
Date of Birth 22 Nov 1920
Place of Birth Subiaco, Western Australia
Address Bedfordale, Western Australia
Military Information
Reg Number W90288
Date of Enlistment 6 Mar 1941
Rank Private
Unit/Formation 20th Australian Employment Company
Post War Details
Fate Remained in Australia

Pre War

War Service

discharged 12 Nov 1945

Post War


During the period 1939 - 1945 some unit names changed more than once. In the case of Australian Employment Companies they were also known as Works Companies, Labour Companies, Labour Units, Labour Corps. For sake of consistency I have adopted the term Employment Company. The role they played did not change with title. They were established to ensure that the Australian Defence Force had a large force of soldiers dedicated to essential labouring tasks, providing the physical labour needed to maintain the war effort and support the fighting forces.

Of the total of 39 Companies, 11 were part or fully manned by non British citizens known then as 'aliens'. These alien companies were not issued with arms. The 20th Company was not one of them.

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