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Regimental number68
Place of birthWalcha, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
AddressWalcha, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinFather, Frank Bowden, Walcha, New South Wales
Enlistment date21 May 1915
Place of enlistmentMackay, 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 RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll14th Field Ambulance
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Bar to MM

At a Collecting Port (BELLEWAARDE)) east of YPRES about 12 noon on 21st October, 1917, during very heavy shell fire, these two men [BOWDEN and 13584 W.C. ACWORTH] saw two soldiers who were moving along about 100 yards away on the road apparently hit. They immediately took a stretcher and ran down to the men while shells were bursting around them the whole time. When they arrived at the spot where the men were lying they found that they were both dead. Their prompt and spontaneous act showed great courage and set a most excellent example to their fellow bearers at the Post. I recommend "immediate reward".'
Recommendation date: 22 October 1917

FateReturned to Australia 17 March 1919

Military Medal

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 189
Date: 8 November 1917

Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death31 March 1962
Place of burialNorthern Suburbs Crematorium
SourcesNAA: B2455, BOWDEN Harry

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