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Regimental number5674
Place of birthBalaklava, South Australia
SchoolBalaklava Public School, South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFlour miller
Address544 Newcastle Street, Perth, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation35
Height5' 5"
Weight165 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Martha Bowers, 544 Newcastle Street, Perth, Western Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date20 March 1916
Place of enlistmentPerth, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name16th Battalion, 18th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/33/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A48 Seang Bee on 18 July 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll16th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularName given on RoH circular as Harry BOWERS.
FateDied of disease 21 February 1919
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)*Given name Harry
Place of death or woundingBelgium
Date of death21 February 1919
Age at death39.6
Age at death from cemetery records37
Place of burialCharleroi Communal Cemetery (Row H, Grave No. 12), Belgium
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Martha and the late William BOWERS, 1 Stratheona Street, Perth, Western Australia
Family/military connectionsBrother: 1001 Pte Albert Edward BOWERS, 15th Light Railway Operating Company, returned to Australia, 8 August 1918.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Fremantle, 18 July 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 9 September 1916; marched into 4th Training Bn, Rollestone, 10 September 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 4 December 1916; marched into 4th Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 5 December 1916.

Proceeded to unit, 20 December 1916; taken on strength of 16th Bn, 22 December 1916.

Wounded in action, 12 June 1917; admitted to No 77 Field Ambulance, 12 June 1917 (gunshot wound, right eye); transferred to No 2 Casualty Clearing Station, 12 June 1917; to No 24 Ambulance Train, 13 June 1917; to No 83 General Hospital, Boulogne, 13 June 1917; to No 1 Convalescent Depot, Boulogne, 17 June 1917; to No 3 Rest Camp, Boulogne, 18 June 1917; marched into 4th Australian Divisional Base Depot, Le Havre, 20 June 1917.

Proceeded to unit, 19 August 1917; rejoined 16th Bn, 22 August 1917.

On leave, 20 January 1918; rejoined unit, 9 February 1918.

Evacuated to hospital, 12 April 1918; rejoined unit, 14 April 1918.

Detached to Bde Gas Guard, 18 August 1918; rejoined unit, 21 August 1918.

Admitted to No 20 Casualty Clearing Station, 13 February 1919; transferred to No 4 Australian Field Ambulance, 14 February 1919 (influenza); to No 2 Casualty Clearing Station, 18 February 1919 (broncho-pneumonia); listed as dangerously ill, 20 February 1919.

Died, 21 February 1919 (broncho-pneumonia: death due to active service).

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BOWERS Henry

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