World War II Victoria Cross Recipient. In May 1940, he enlisted in the 2nd/13th Australian Infantry Battalion which arrived in the Middle East in November 1940. He served in the Siege of Tobruk, Libya, from April 1941 until the garrison was relieved in December 1941. Promoted sergeant in September 1942, he was wounded on October 24, 1942 during the Battle of El Alamein and hospitalized. He embarked for Australia with his unit in January 1943 and served in the Huon peninsula campaign in the Territory of New Guinea that commenced in September 1943. He was awarded the Military Medal and returned to Australia for officer-training. He was appointed lieutenant in January 1944 and joined the 2nd/2nd Australian Infantry Battalion which served in the Territory of New Guinea during 1945. On March 25, 1945, south-west of Dagua, he rushed a Japanese-held knoll and silenced two machine-guns. Although mortally wounded he reached the enemy's fox-holes and killed two more soldiers before he died. He was awarded the Victoria Cross posthumously.
Service No: NX24405
Regiment/Service: Australian Infantry, 2/2 Bn.
Honors: V C, M M
Son of Arthur James Chowne and Ellen Frances Chowne; husband of Daphne May Chowne, of Rose Bay, New South Wales.
Bio by: Anthony Staunton
Daphne May Barton Dunne