Nelson Lavercombe BOWEN

BOWEN, Nelson Lavercombe

Service Number: 29921
Enlisted: 17 January 1916, Keswick Barracks, Keswick West Torrens, South Australia
Last Rank: Gunner
Last Unit: 2nd Field Artillery Brigade
Born: Adelaide, South Australia, date not yet discovered
Home Town: Adelaide, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Accountant
Died: Illness, United Kingdom, 17 November 1918, age not yet discovered
Cemetery: Melcombe Regis Cemetery, Dorset, England
Plot II, Row C, Grave 3158 Headstone Inscription "RESTING HIS DUTY BRAVELY DONE", Melcombe Regis Cemetery, Weymouth, Dorset, England, United Kingdom, Abbeville Communal Cemetery Extension, Abbeville, Picardie, France
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Adelaide Rowing Club WW1 Pictorial Honour Board, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Kent Town Prince Alfred College 'Nobly Striving, Nobly Fell' Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

17 Jan 1916: Enlisted Keswick Barracks, Keswick West Torrens, South Australia
3 Oct 1916: Involvement Gunner, 29921, Australian Field Artillery - 116th to 120th Howitzer Batteries: AIF, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
3 Oct 1916: Embarked Gunner, 29921, Australian Field Artillery - 116th to 120th Howitzer Batteries: AIF, HMAT Aeneas, Melbourne
31 Mar 1917: Involvement Gunner, 29921, 2nd Field Artillery Brigade

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29921 Gunner Nelson Lavercomb Bowen, 120th Howitzer Battery, Australian Field Artillery was a 34 year old accountant from Adelaide, South Australia when he enlisted on 17 January 1916.  Son of Henry and Emma Sophia BOWEN, of 341 Wakefield St., Adelaide, South Australia.

He embarked for overseas from Melbourne on 3 October 1916 aboard HMAT Aeneas. Gunner Bowen joined the 102nd Battery 2nd Field Artillery Brigade in France on 31 March 1917 and saw fighting in France and Belgium before being medically evacuated to England.

He died of pneumonia on 16 November 1918 in the Monte Video Hospital, Weymouth, England, and was buried in the Melcombe Regis Cemetery, Weymouth.

A member of the Adelaide Rowing Club, he is memorialised on the Club Honour Roll from whence this information was drawn