1st Australian and New Zealand (ANZAC)
Wireless Signal Section, Australian Engineers
Service Number: 14481
Born: 1890 Bulli, NSW
Died: 22 January 1918, Baghdad Mesopotamia (Iraq)
Darrell Elwyn Hodgson Fowler was born in 1890 at Bulli NSW, the son of Frederick John and Annie Maria (nee Hodgson) Fowler. Fowler completed his schooling at Penrith Public School and attained the rank of Colour Sergeant. After leaving school Fowler worked as a telegraphist for the Postmaster General’s Department (PMG). In 1912 Fowler contracted typhoid. At the time of his enlistment, Fowler was working at the North Sydney Post Office.
Fowler enlisted on 8 May 1916 and served as a sapper with the Wireless Engineers from 8 May 1916 until 29 June 1916 when he was allocated to the 3rd Reinforcements, 1st Australian and New Zealand (ANZAC) Wireless Signal Squadron. On 25 July 1915, Fowler left Melbourne aboard the RMS Malwa, disembarking at Bombay on 14 August 1916. He left Bombay on 21 August 1916 aboard TS Muttia disembarking in Basra on 28 August 1916. Fowler joined the 1st ANZAC Wireless Signal Squadron shortly after arrival and along with his unit was involved in the capture of Baghdad in March 1917. On 3 June 1917, Fowler was admitted to the 23rd General Stationary Hospital and discharged a week later. He was admitted to the 2nd British General Hospital Amara on 25 September 1917 with defective vision and was transferred to the 1st British General Hospital Amara two days later. When discharged from hospital on 14 October 1917, Fowler rejoined his unit. on 14 January 1918, Fowler was admitted to a British Casualty Clearing Station suffering from smallpox and was transferred to the Isolation Hospital Baghdad on 19 January 1918. Fowler died three days later.
- Memorial Panel 25, 8 Baghdad (North Gate) War Cemetery, Iraq.
National Archives of Australia: B2455, FOWLER D E H
Australian War Memorial First World War Nominal Roll
Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour