|Place of birth||Parkside, Adelaide, South Australia|
|School||Glen Osmond Public School, South Australia|
|Address||Montrose Avenue, Norwood, South Australia|
|Age at embarkation||19|
|Next of kin||Sister, Mrs Elizabeth Nicholas, Montrose Avenue, Norwood, South Australia|
|Previous military service||Served in the 74th Bn, Senior Cadets; transferred to E Company, 78th Infantry, Citizen Military Forces; still serving at time of AIF enlistment.|
|Place of enlistment||Keswick, South Australia|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||16th Battalion, 10th Reinforcement|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/33/3|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A70 Ballarat on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Private|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||16th Battalion|
|Fate||Killed in Action
|Place of death or wounding||Bullecourt, France|
|Age at death||22|
|Place of burial||No known grave|
|Commemoration details||Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France
Villers-Bretonneux is a village about 15 km east of Amiens. The Memorial stands on the high ground ('Hill 104') behind the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, Fouilloy, which is about 2 km north of Villers-Bretonneux on the east side of the road to Fouilloy.
The Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux is approached through the Military Cemetery, at the end of which is an open grass lawn which leads into a three-sided court. The two pavilions on the left and right are linked by the north and south walls to the back (east) wall, from which rises the focal point of the Memorial, a 105 foot tall tower, of fine ashlar. A staircase leads to an observation platform, 64 feet above the ground, from which further staircases lead to an observation room. This room contains a circular stone tablet with bronze pointers indicating the Somme villages whose names have become synonymous with battles of the Great War; other battle fields in France and Belgium in which Australians fought; and far beyond, Gallipoli and Canberra.
On the three walls, which are faced with Portland stone, are the names of 10,885 Australians who were killed in France and who have no known grave. The 'blocking course' above them bears the names of the Australian Battle Honours.
After the war an appeal in Australia raised £22,700, of which £12,500 came from Victorian school children, with the request that the majority of the funds be used to build a new school in Villers-Bretonneux. The boys' school opened in May 1927, and contains an inscription stating that the school was the gift of Victorian schoolchildren, twelve hundred of whose fathers are buried in the Villers-Bretonneux cemetery, with the names of many more recorded on the Memorial. Villers-Bretonneux is now twinned with Robinvale, Victoria, which has in its main square a memorial to the links between the two towns.
|Panel number, Roll of Honour,|
Australian War Memorial
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|Parents: Nicholas and Katherine SOWTON|
|Family/military connections||Brother: 20277 Gunner Nicholas Hope SOWTON, 8th Field Artillery Brigade, returned to Australia, 24 January 1919; First Cousin: 4521 Corporal Frank Leslie SOWTON, 27th Bn, died of disease, 18 April 1919.|
War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front
Embarked Alexndria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 4 November 1915.
Taken on strength, 16th Bn, 13 November 1915.
Disembarked Alexandria, 30 December 1915 (general Gallipoli evacuation).
Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 1 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 9 June 1916.
Wounded in action, 10 August 1916 (shell shock); admitted to 1st Anzac Rest Station, 11 August 1916; transferred to 7th Field Ambulance, 11 August 1916; to Army Corps Rest Station, 13 August 1916; to 7th Field Ambulance, 19 August 1916; to 4th Casualty Clearing Station, 20 August 1916; to Ambulance Train, 21 August 1916, and admitted to 14th General Hospital, Wimereux, 22 August 1916; to No 1 Convalescent Depot, Boulogne, 28 August 1916; to No 5 Convalescent Depot, 29 August 1916; to Base Depot, Etaples, 18 September 1916; rejoined Bn, in the field, 4 October 1916.
Reported Missing in Action, 11 April 1917.
Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 30 October 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 11 April 1917'.Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
|Sources||NAA: B2455, SOWTON Claude Colin Bruce
Red Cross File No 2580803