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

Military History

  • 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

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