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Victor Denson BOWEN

Date of birth3 August 1888
Place of birthAdelaide, South Australia
AddressHead Quarters, 4th Military District, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27.8
Height5' 8.5"
Weight150 lbs
Next of kinAunt, Mrs A M Willshire, Blyth, South Australia
Previous military serviceServed for 6 years in the 3rd DCLI; 3 years in the Singal Company, Royal Engineers; time expired.
Enlistment date6 March 1916
Rank on enlistmentLieutenant
Unit nameDivisional Signal Company 3
AWM Embarkation Roll number22/13/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 25 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Divisional Signal Company
FateReturned to Australia 5 March 1920

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. By his daring personal reconnaissance and constant supervision of all routes he secured for his brigade an unbroken system of communication. Although on two occasions rendered unconscious and badly shaken by the explosion of a shell, his marked determination and disregard of danger communicated itself to all connected with him. On one occasion in particular he went out in front through a hostile barrage to re-establish communication between our raiding party and headquarters, thereby greatly assisting the success of the operations.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 219
Date: 20 December 1917

Discharge date30 August 1920
Other details

War service: Western Front

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Ascanius', 5 March 1920; appointment terminated (discharged), Adelaide, 30 August 1920.

Medals: Military Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Also served in World War II: service No N100565
SourcesNAA: B884, BOWEN Victor Denson

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