Bert Bowen

First Name: 
Bert
Last Name: 
Bowen
Mother's Name: 
Hanna Bowen
Father's Name: 
Richard Bowen
Date Enlisted: 
Friday, March 10, 1916
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Private
Unit: 
36th Battalion
Company: 
B Company
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Thursday, April 4, 1918
Place of Death: 
Villers- Bretonneux France
Cause of Death: 
Killed in action
Details: 

Bert Bowen (Service No 2152) was born in Staffordshire, England about 1893. He arrived in Australia in May 1914. At the time of enlistment he was a married 23 year old miner from Bellambi, NSW. His wife Annie is listed as next of kin. He embarked on HMAT A68 Anchises on 24th August 1916 with 3rd Reinforcements, 36th Battalion.

After arriving in England Bert was sent to France and joined B Company on 22nd November 1916. On 7th June 1917 he was wounded in action and evacuated to hospital for treatment to a gun shot wound over his left eye. He returned to the Company on 19th June and saw service on the Western Front with them as a company runner.

At approximately 5pm on the 4th April 1918, Bert arrived at the front line with a message when a counter attack was underway. He was hit by a machine gun bullet and killed. Bert was buried at the site but the grave has been lost. He is remembered on the Australian National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneaux.

Sources: 
NAA B2455, BOWEN B

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