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Norman Harcourt BOWERS

Regimental number971
Place of birthNabiac New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationCarpenter
AddressNabiac, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinFather, Alfred John Bowers, Nabiac, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil (living in exempt area under compulsory training scheme)
Enlistment date16 October 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll10 October 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name13th Battalion, F Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/30/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A38 Ulysses on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll15th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


'This man as a Battalion Signaller rendered conspicuous gallant service on the morning of the 11th April, 1917, in the fighting near Bullecourt. He personally borught a message from the right flank of the Hindenburg Line the Brigade was holding down to the left, to the effect that bombs were urgently required on the right. When told that same could not be supplied, he at once volunteered to run back to the Battalion Headquarters in the railway embankment through a heavy Machine Gun fire with the message, and although wounded on the way reached there and delivered the message.'
Recommendation date: 16 April 1917

FateReturned to Australia 21 April 1919
Medals

Military Medal


Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169
Date: 4 October 1917

Discharge date21 September 1919
Family/military connectionsBrothers:
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked from Melbourne, 22 December 1914. Proceeded from Egypt to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, 12 April 1915.

Wounded in action, Gallipoli, 3 May 1917 (gun shot wound, back: severe); transferred on HS 'Dongala' to Alexandria and admitted to No. 15 General Hospital, 6 May 1915. Discharged to Convalescent Camp, 22 May 1915. Transferred to England, 23 August 1915. Transferred from Monte Video, Weymouth, to Perham Downs, 28 June 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France from 4th Training Bn, 28 November 1916; marched in to 4th Australian Divisional Base Depot, 30 November 1916. Admitted to 24th General Hospital, Etaples, 1 December 1916 (mumps); transferred to 18th General Hospital, Camiers, 10 December 1916; discharged to 4th ADBD, 21 December 1916; rejoined 13th Bn in the field, 7 January 1917.

Wounded in action, 11 April 1917 (shell wound, left hip); admitted to 4th General Hospital, Etretat, 13 April 1917; discharged to 4th Convalescent Depot, 16 April 1917. Awarded the Military Medal, 5 May 1917. Rejoined unit, Belgium, 7 July 1917. Transferred to 15th Bn, 28 July 1917.

Wounded in action, 16 October 1917 (mustard gas); admitted to 44th Casualty Clearing Station, 16 October 1917; transferred to 12th General Hospital, Rouen, 18 October 1917. Transferred to England, 24 October 1917, and admitted to Reading War Hospital, 25 October 1917. Transferred to No. 3 Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 18 January 1918. Discharged to No. 4 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 23 January 1918. Admitted to hospital, 19 February 1918 (influenza); discharged to No. 4 Command Depot, 2 March 1918. Marched in to Overseas Training Brigade, Deverill, 8 June 1918. Charged with being absent without leave, 4-5 June 1918: charge dismissed. Marched out to 3rd Training Brigade, Codford, 28 June 1918.

Granted 75 days' leave with pay in England (special 1914 leave), to report to AIF Headquarters, 27 February 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Kildonian Castle', 21 March 1919; disembarked Sydney, 10 May 1919; discharged, 21 September 1919.

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death14 May 1971
Place of burialNorthern Suburbs Crematorium

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