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Leonard John BOWEN

Regimental number2275
Place of birthManilla, New South Wales
SchoolPublic School, Manilla, New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressHarvey Street, Gunnedah, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinFather, T.J. Bowen, Harvey Street, Gunnedah, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil: previously rejected for enlistment on account of varicocele (‘since operated upon’).
Enlistment date10 September 1915
Place of enlistmentGunnedah, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name31st Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/48/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A68 Anchises on 14 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll31st Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularDied of nephritis.
FateDied of disease 12 October 1916
Date of death12 October 1916
Age at death26
Age at death from cemetery records26
Place of burialKensal Green (St. Mary's) Roman Catholic Cemetery (Australia Section: Grave No 2078), Hammersmith, London, England
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Commemorated in St Joseph's Catholic Church (Station of the Cross 2, presented by T.J. BOWEN Jr in memory), Gunnedah, New South Wales. Parents: Thomas and Rose BOWEN
Family/military connectionsBrother: 3245 Pte Eric Oswald BOWEN, 45th Bn, returned to Australia, 24 June 1916.
Other details

War service: Egypt, England

Disembarked Suez, 15 April 1916.

Admitted to No 2 Australian Stationary Hospital, Tel el Kebir, 15 May 1916 (rheumatism); discharged to 8th Training Bn, 14 May 1916.

Embarked Alexandria on HMT ‘Franconia’, 6 June 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 16 June 1916.

Admitted to Military Hospital, Fargo, 4 July 1916 (kidney disease).

Classified C111 (Home Service only) by Medical Board, 24 September 1916.

Died of disease (nephritis), Queen Alexandra Military Hospital, Millbank, London, 12 October 1916.

Medal: British War Medal

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