Victor Wallace Fowler

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Victor Wallace Fowler
Personal Information
Date of Birth 14 Jan 1923
Place of Birth Canning, Western Australia
Death 4 Jun 2008
Place of Death Como, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 18 years, 3 months
Description 5'7" (1.70m) tall ; ; fresh complexion ; blue eyes ; brown hair
Occupation labourer
Religion Church of England
Address Railway avenue, Armadale, Western Australia
Next of Kin Father , Mr Henry Victor Fowler
Military Information
Reg Number F/3588
Date of Enlistment 5 May 1941
Rank Able Seaman
Ships Served On
Ship Name HMAS Geraldton
Tour Dates 18 Jul 1942
Ship Name HMAS Wollongong
Tour Dates 18 Apr 1944 ‒ 2 Jul 1945
Post War Details
Fate Returned to Australia
Medals 1939-45 Star
Pacific Star
Africa Star
War Medal 1939-45
Australian Service Medal 1939-45

War Service

Victor was mobilised into the Navy on 5 May 1941 at HMAS Leeuwin in Fremantle where he completed basic training, and on 17 Aug 1941 he was transferred to HMAS Cerberus until 23 Nov 1941 to complete his seamanship training. Transferred back to the Leeuwin on 24 Nov 1941 he qualified to act as an Able Seaman on 5 May 1942.

On 18 Jul 1942 he was posted to HMAS Geraldton a corvette used as a minesweeper and convoy escort. The Geraldton had been sent to Fremantle to escort a tanker to a secret base on Addu Atoll in the Indian Ocean, after which she spent time on convoy protection duties between Ceylon (Sri Lanka) and the Persian Gulf. In May 1943 they were transferred for a time to the Mediterranean to escort convoys and to participate in the invasion of Sicily. Victor's time with the Geraldton appears to have ended on 23 Jul 1943 while they were serving in the Mediterranean.

His records indicate that the date he joined HMAS Wollongong, a sister ship to Geraldton, was 18 Apr 1944. Given that the Wollongong was at that time in the Mediterranean, I believe it more likely that he joined Wollongong directly, or soon after, leaving Geraldton. Wollongong returned to Fremantle on 14 May 1944 for a 2 month refit before resuming duties with the Far East Fleet. In January 1946 Victor entered HMAS Leeuwin to undertake his discharge on 15 Jan 1946. At the time of his discharge Victor received his Deferred Pay, War Gratuity Payment of £120 /15/-; and £43/14/4d in lieu of leave.

Post War

During 1949, Victor married Gwendoline Joy Mansbridge

Electoral Roll entries: 1949 Railway avenue, Armadale, shop Assistant; 1949 at 50 Lawler street, Subiaco, shop assistant; 1963 - 1980 at 32 Lake avenue, Shenton Park, fireman.


Entries in Victor's records beyond 30 Jun 1943 are in pencil. The date of his transfer to HMAS Wollongong is unclear with potentially a 9 month gap between the two.

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