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Thomas Edward Francis BOWEN

Regimental number1831
Place of birthAt Sea
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressLongwood, South Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation37
Next of kinWife, Mrs. Emma Agnes Gertrude Bowen, Longwood, South Australia
Enlistment date12 October 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name9th Light Horse Regiment, 13th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/14/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A19 Afric on 5 January 1916
Rank from Nominal RollDriver
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Divisional Ammunition Column
FateReturned to Australia 22 May 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'This Driver was one of a party packing ammunition up to a Battery near WESTHOEK, east of YPRES on the 3rd October, 1917. The train came under fire and some of the mules were killed and wounded. Driver BOWEN, after delivering his own load, salved the ammunition from the fallen animals and brought back two wounded mules. This Driver showed great pluck and coolness in carrying out his duties under heavy shell fire, set a fine example to his comrades and deserves special recognition.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 110
Date: 25 July 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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