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Victor Spurgeon BOWEN

Regimental number2775
Date of birth23 January 1893
Place of birthMaylands, South Australia
SchoolNorwood Public School; Adelaide High School, South Australia
ReligionBaptist
OccupationOrchardist
AddressTea tree Gully, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinMother, Mrs Edith Mary Bowen, Augusta Street, Maylands, South Australia
Enlistment date17 October 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name43rd Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/60/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A35 Berrima on 16 December 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll43rd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 8 August 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'On 29th September, 1918, during operations South of BONY, when the enemy were just beginning to launch a counter-attack Private BOWEN pushed well forward of our troops under heavy enemy fire taking with him a supply of bombs. Although he was continually fired at he carefully selected a suitable bombing post and from this position he was able to inflict very many casualties on the enemy and broke the centre of the counter-attack and enabled the remainder of the Company to deal with the rest of the enemy.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Disembarked Australia, 26 December 1919.

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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