John Henry Bowkett
Name John Henry Bowkett
Number Private 1412
Battalion 1st Machine Gun Company
Place of Birth Erdington Birmingham Warwickshire England
Next of Kin His father, Henry Bowkett 5 Westwell Terrace Normanton Yorkshire
Date and place of enlistment Foster 16/11/1914
Physical details on enlistment Age 21 years 4 months, 5’5”, 146 pounds, blue eyes and dark brown hair.
Religion Church of England
Occupation Farm labourer from Dollar
Date and place of death
He died of wounds received at Messines Ridge on the 14/6/1917 at the 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Station.
Location of grave or memorial
He is buried in Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension
Relationship to Woorayl Shire
He was from Dollar
- 16/11/1914 He enlisted in Foster
- He had spent 2 years in the Army Service Corps Leeds Yorkshire
- 22/12/14 He embarked Melbourne on HMAT Berrima
- 28/10/16 He was sick in hospital
- 11/6/17 He was taken to the 1st Australian Casualty Clearing station from the 13th Australian Machine Gun Company
- 14/6/1917 He died of wounds
- In his will he left £20 to his sister Miss M Bowkett of 3 Hilltop Mount Harehills Leeds and the remainder to his brother T W Bowkett number 1411 AIF. If either predecease him the estate goes to his NOK Henry Bowkett at the same address as his sister.
- His father and mother, Harriette Augustine Bowkett did not receive a pension.
- He and his brother Thomas William Bowkett migrated to Australia from Leeds and worked in Dollar. They enlisted in Foster together.
- His effects consisted of discs, scissors, notebook, gold ring, photos, mirror, card case
- 21/3/17 His sister was killed in an explosion at a munitions at Barnbow near Leeds
- His brother Thomas Bowkett returned to Australia