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John Leslie BOWE

Regimental number5797
Place of birthMiddle Park, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
AddressMalvern, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinWife, Mrs Jessie Bowe, 179 Wattletree Road, Malvern, Victoria
Enlistment date31 July 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name24th Battalion, 16th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/41/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A71 Nestor on 2 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll24th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 21 October 1918

FateReturned to Australia 7 July 1919

Military Medal

'During the attack on MONTBREHAIN, east of PERONNE, on 5th October, 1918, this man was in charge of a Lewis gun. Frequently it happened that his section was hung up and on four occasions Private BOWE's promptitude was responsible for relieving the situation. Four times he dashed out in the face of heavy machine gun and shell fire, and on every occasion his fire was so effective as to allow the enemy to be rushed, and the advance to continue. Throughout he displayed a splendid courage and total disregard of personal danger, and his conduct was magnificent.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 119
Date: 17 October 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death16 August 1960
Place of burialSpringvale Cemetery

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