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Frederick James BOWDEN

Regimental number67
Place of birthWalcha, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationPainter
AddressWalcha, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 6.25"
Weight131 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs L. Bowden, Walcha, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date25 May 1915
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name31st Battalion, Headquarters
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/48/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A62 Wandilla on 9 November 1915
From Embarkation Records it is not possible to distinguish exactly which ship an individual in the Headquarters embarked. Two ships left Melbourne carrying men from the 31st Battalion: HMAT A62 Wandilla on 9 November 1915 and HMAT A41 Bakara on 5 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll53rd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 8 May 1919
Discharge date18 August 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 9 November 1915; disembarked Suez, 7 December 1915.

Transferred to 2nd ANZAC Headquarters, 30 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 6 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 13 June 1916.

On leave, 11 December 1917; rejoined unit from leave, 26 December 1917.

Admitted to New Zealand Field Ambulance, 1 January 1918 (gonorrhoea); transferred same day to 2nd Casualty Clearing Station, and then to Ambulance Train, 2 January 1918; admitted to 7th Convalescent Depot, Boulogne, 3 January 1918; transferred to 39th General Hospital, Havre, 5 January 1918; discharged to Base Depot, 4 April 1918; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 94 days.

Taken on strength, 31st Bn, in the field, 13 April 1918.

Transferred to 53rd Bn, 22 September 1918.

On leave to United Kingdom, 27 December 1918; rejoined Bn from leave, 16 January 1919.

Marched out to England for return to Australia, 5 March 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Devanah', 8 May 1919; disembarked Sydney, 26 June 1917; discharged, Sydney, 18 August 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death1 February 1964
Place of burialMacquarie Park Cemetery
SourcesNAA: B2455, BOWDEN Frederick James

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