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Robert John BOWDEN

Regimental number4345
Date of birth6 December 1881
Place of birthHartley Vale, New South Wales
SchoolHartley Vale Public School, 'The School', Mt Victoria and Sydney University, New South Wales
ReligionMethodist
OccupationCivil servant
Address'Eltham', 22 Railway Avenue, Stanmore, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation33
Next of kinMother, Mrs Mary Bowden, 22 Railway Avenue, Stanmore, New South Wales
Enlistment date5 March 1915
Rank on enlistmentOrderly Room SGT
Unit nameNo 3 Australian General Hospital
AWM Embarkation Roll number26/67/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board RMS Mooltan on 15 May 1915
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', fourth Supplement, No. 29664, 11 July 1916; 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 176, 30 November 1916.
Recommendation date: 10 April 1916

MSM


Recommendation date: 1 March 1918

FateNo details of fate entered on Nominal Roll
Medals

Meritorious Service Medal

'During three years Staff Sergeant Bowden has been conspicuous for continuous good service and devotion to duty. As Chief and Confidential Clerk with the Third Australian General Hospital since the inception of the Unit, Staff Sergeant Bowden has been mainly responsible for the efficient organising and supervision of all clerical work. Even during the the strain of work in times of stress, this N.C.O. by his unremitting toil has been an example to all ranks.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 110
Date: 25 July 1918

Other detailsMedals: Meritorious Service Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death24 April 1955
Place of burialRookwood Necropolis, Sydney, New South Wales

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