Norman Henry Napier Fowler
From Our Contribution
|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|
|Address||Armadale, Western Australia|
|Next of Kin||Father , Mr Henry Victor (Harry) Fowler|
|Date of Enlistment||3 Aug 1943|
|Unit/Formation||39th Australian Employment Company|
|Post War Details|
|Fate||Remained in Australia|
discharged 23 Jan 1947
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.