• Henry William Bowen

Army / Flying Corps
  • 21st Australian Infantry Battalion
  • 6th Brigade
  • Private

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  • 1914–1915 Star
  • British War Medal
  • Victory Medal
  • Birth

    Hesket, VIC, Australia

  • Enlistment - WW1

    Rochford, VIC, Australia

Stories and comments
    • Henry William Bowen
    • Posted by FrevFord, Friday, 3 October 2014

    Born in 1888 at Kerrie (near Hesket), Vic – son of John Francis & Mary Anne (nee POTTS) BOWEN of Oakdale Farm via Woodend Religion: C of E. Educated Hesket State School No. 1004 Occupation: Labourer Siblings: *Walter Edward Bingham BOWEN, born 1893 – Sgt 1510, 21st Bn who was also on board the Southland, but on a different part of the ship when hit – therefore not aware of his brother’s fate. *James Frederick BOWEN, born 1897 – Spr 3628, 5th DSC WW1: Pte 339, B Coy, 21st Bn – enlisted 4/1/1915 at Rochford, Vic, age 26 – embarked at Melbourne 10/5/1915 on the A38 Ulysses for Egypt Proceeded to join the MEF Gallipoli, embarking Alexandria 29/8/1915 on the HT Southland Drowned during the evacuation from the torpedoed Southland, when the lifeboat he was in tilted while being lowered, and threw him into the sea. (age 27) Commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli RC W&M Witness: Pte Skinney, 1074, 21st Bn: Bowen was in the same company and section as witness, and both were on board the ‘Southland’ when it was torpedoed. The last witness saw of Bowen he was getting into a lifeboat before it was lowered. As the lifeboat was lowered one end was loosened before the other, with the result that it tilted up and the greater part of the occupants were shot into the water. A very few saved themselves by clinging to the boat, and witness is quite positive that Bowen was not among the few. When the roll call was taken on board the ‘Transylvania’ Bowen was the only man in the section missing.