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Alfred Richard BOWDEN

Regimental number409
Place of birthSt Peters, Sydney, New South Wales
SchoolSt Peter's Public School, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
Address35 Bowen Park Road, St Peters, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 6.5"
Weight136 lbs
Next of kinFriend, Mrs Champion, 35 Bowen Park Road, St Peters, New South Wales
Previous military serviceTrainee (3 years); New Guinea Expedition Forces (6 months)
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll18th Battalion
FateKilled in Action
Place of death or woundingLone Pine. Gallipoli, Turkey
Date of death22 August 1915
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 60), Gallipoli, Turkey

The Lone Pine Memorial, situated in the Lone Pine Cemetery at Anzac, is the main Australian Memorial on Gallipoli, and one of four memorials to men of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force. Designed by Sir John Burnet, the principal architect of the Gallipoli cemeteries, it is a thick tapering pylon 14.3 metres high on a square base 12.98 metres wide. It is constructed from limestone mined at Ilgardere in Turkey.

The Memorial commemorates the 3268 Australians and 456 New Zealanders who have no known grave and the 960 Australians and 252 New Zealanders who were buried at sea after evacuation through wounds or disease. The names of New Zealanders commemorated are inscribed on stone panels mounted on the south and north sides of the pylon, while those of the Australians are listed on a long wall of panels in front of the pylon and to either side. Names are arranged by unit and rank.

The Memorial stands over the centre of the Turkish trenches and tunnels which were the scene of heavy fighting during the August offensive. Most cemeteries on Gallipoli contain relatively few marked graves, and the majority of Australians killed on Gallipoli are commemorated here.

Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Alfred Richard and Mary Katherine BOWDEN, Rose Green, Junee, New South Wales
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Proceeded to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 16 August 1915.

Killed in action, 22 August 1915.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsName recorded incorrectly on Embarkation Roll as BOWDER.
SourcesNAA: B2455, BOWDEN Alfred Richard

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