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Robert BOWER

Regimental number720
Place of birthNewcastle New South Wales
AddressNeath, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinFather, John Bower, Neath, New South Wales
Enlistment date30 November 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name35th Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/52/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A24 Benalla on 1 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal RollAustralian Army Veterinary Hospital
FateReturned to Australia 17 March 1919

Military Medal

'For devotion to duty after attack on enemy positions near MORLANCOURT on the night 5th/6th May, 1918. Private BOWER is a Company cook, and arrived at the Support Line with hot food for the Company. Being after daybreak it was impossible to get to the front line without being observed by the enemy, and he was so instructed. On hearing however that the men in the firing line had received no hot food since before the attack he on his own initiative secured assistance, and although sniped at over the whole distance from Support to Front Line, about 300 yards, he succeeded in reaching the Front Line by crawling and dragging a boiler of hot food behind him. He showed an utter disregard of personal risk, and his gallant action was greatly appreciated by the men in the line who were badly in need of hot food after a night fighting in rain and mud.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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