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John Henry BOWKETT

Regimental number1412
Place of birthErdington, Birmingham, England
SchoolNational Church School, (?) Erdington, England
Age on arrival in Australia17
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFarm hand
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, Henry Bowkett, 5 Westwell Terrace, Normanton Yorkshire, England
Previous military serviceServed in the Territorial Force, West Riding, Yorkshire, England.
Enlistment date16 November 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name15th Battalion, 1st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/32/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A35 Berrima on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll13th Machine Gun Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularHis sister was killed by an explosion while working in a munitions factory at Barnbow, nr Leeds, Yorkshire, England, 21 March 1917.
FateDied of wounds 11 June 1917
Place of death or woundingMessines, Belgium
Date of death11 June 1917
Age at death22
Age at death from cemetery records21
Place of burialBailleul Communal Cemetery Extension (Plot III, Row C, Grave No. 57), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
68
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Henry and Harriett BOWKETT, 30 Hill Top, Harehills, Leeds, England
Family/military connectionsBrother: 1411 Pte Thomas William BOWKETT, 15th Bn, returned to Australia, 21 June 1919.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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