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Cyril John BOWERS

Regimental number4068
Place of birthNabiac New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFarmer
AddressNabiac, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinMother, Mrs E J Bowers, Nabiac, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil (living in exempt area for compulsory training scheme)
Enlistment date12 October 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll28 September 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name20th Battalion, 10th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/37/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A67 Orsova on 11 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll15th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 13 April 1919
Discharge date10 August 1919
Family/military connectionsBrothers: [859] Lt Horace James BOWERS MSM, 15th Bn, returned to Australia, 21 March 1919; 971 Pte Norman Harcourt BOWERS MM, 15th Bn, returned to Australia, 21 April 1919; 582 Corporal Stanley Wilson BOWERS, 12th Field Ambulance, returned to Australia, 25 September 1919.
Other details

Put up age from 16 to enlist.

War service: embarked Sydney, 11 March 1916; disembarked Egypt.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 9 May 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 18 May 1916. Admitted to 13th General Hospital, Etaples, 13 July 1916 (german measles, slight); discharged to Base Details, 26 July 1916; joined 20th Bn, 30 July 1916.

Wounded in action, 26 August 1916 (gun shot wound, buttock); admitted to 5th General Hospital, Rouen, 1 September 1916. transferred to England, 7 September 1916, and admitted to 3rd London General Hospital, Wandsworth. Marched in to No. 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, from hospital, 2 November 1916; granted furlough, 4 November 1916; marched in to No. 4 Command Depot, Wareham, 20 November 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 24 January 1917; rejoined Bn in the field, 13 March 1917.

Wounded in action, 2 May 1917 (gun shot wound, left knee); admitted to 6th General Hospital, Rouen, 4 May 1917; transferred to No. 2 Convalescent Depot, 18 May 1917; to No. 11 Convalescent Depot, 2 June 1917. Admitted to 56th Casualty Clearing Station, 4 July 1917 (diptheria); transferred to 25th Stationary Hospital, Rouen, 9 July 1917; marched into 2nd Australian Divisional Base Depot, Havre, 13 July 1917; rejoined unit in the field, 1 August 1917.

Admitted to 5th Australian Field Ambulance, 24 August 1917 (fragments of old gun shot wound, left leg); transferred to 58th General Hospital, St Omer (26 August 1917; to 4th Convalescent Depot, Havre, 8 September 1917 (tonsillitis); to 39th General Hospital, Havre, 8 September 1917; to 7th Convalescent Depot, Boulogne, 3 October 1917; to 10th Convalescent Depot, 6 October 1917;to 14th Convalescent Depot, Trouville, 11 October 1917; to Base Depot, 6 December 1917; rejoined Bn in the field, 26 December 1917. On leave to England, 5 January 1918; rejoined Bn, Belgium, 20 January 1918. Transferred to 15th Bn, Belgium, 10 February 1918.

Wounded in action, 4 July 1918 (gun shot wound, left forearm); admitted to 47th Casualty Clearing Station; transferred to 12th General Hospital, Rouen, 6 July 1918; to 74th General Hospital, Trouville, 8 July 1918; to 1st Australian Convalescent Depot, Havre, 2 August 1918; rejoined unit, 25 September 1918.

On leave to England, 20 November 1918; rejoined unit, France, 7 December 1918.

Marched out to England for return to Australia, 29 January 1918; commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Commonwealth, 13 April 1919; disembarked Sydney, 12 June 1919; discharged, 10 August 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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