Norman Henry Napier Fowler

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Norman Henry Napier Fowler
Personal Information
Date of Birth 11 Jul 1925
Place of Birth Greenhills, Western Australia
Death 19 Jun 2007, aged 81
Place of Death Brookdale, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 18 years old
Occupation Labourer
Address Armadale, Western Australia
Next of Kin Father , Mr Henry Victor (Harry) Fowler
Military Information
Reg Number W57158
Date of Enlistment 3 Aug 1943
Rank Private
Unit/Formation 39th Australian Employment Company
Post War Details
Fate Remained in Australia

Pre War

War Service

discharged 23 Jan 1947

Post War

During 1948 Norm married Marjorie Rose Donovan locally.

Electoral Roll entries: 1949 at Railway avenue, Armadale, labourer; 1954 - 1980 at Lot 20 Forrest road, Armadale, linesman.


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.

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