Archer Alfred Hutchinson BOWMAN


BOWMAN, Archer Alfred Hutchinson

Service Number: 4071
Enlisted: 28 August 1915, Liverpool, New South Wales
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 1st Pioneer Battalion
Born: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1892
Home Town: Waverley, Waverley, New South Wales
Schooling: Waverley Public School
Occupation: Brickburner
Died: Killed in Action, France, 21 August 1916
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, Picardie, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

28 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Liverpool, New South Wales
30 Dec 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 4071, 4th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières
30 Dec 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 4071, 4th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Medic, Sydney
21 Aug 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 4071, 1st Pioneer Battalion, Battle for Pozières

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Archer Alfred Hutchinson BOWMAN was born in 1892 in Sydney - 

His parents were Archer Alfred Hutchinson BOWMAN and Zillah MILLER

Archer married Margaret Smeaton RODGER in 1911 in Sydney

He enlisted on 28th August, 1915 with the Australian Army - he was with the 4th Battalion, 12th reinforcements - Unit embarked from Sydney on HMAT  Medic on 30th December, 1915

He was Killed In Action on 21st August, 1916, Pozieres, France - no known grave - His posting at death was with the 1st Pioneer Battalion. He is commemorated on the Australian National Memorial, Villers Bretonneux, France and the Australian War Memorial

He was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal



Sydney Morning Herald -26th September 1916

BOWMAN.- Private Archer A. H. Bowman, killed in action in France August 21, 1916 aged 23 years.  The dearly loved and only son of Private A.A.H. Bowman (on active service) and Zillah Bowman, grandson of Mrs M.A. Bowman.

"Midst the battles awful din, With firm resolve to die or win

A credit to his uniform, our hero fell and so we mourn.  

Inserted by his loving Mother & Grandmother


Our dear brother - In a heroes grave he lies


Sydney Morning Herald 30th September 1916 - Rest in Peace

BOWMAN.- Killed in action in France, August 21, 1916, Private Archer A H Bowman, the loved husband of Margaret S Bowman aged 23 years and 11 months

He was only a Private in battle - just a part of the great rank & file

He fended for his flag and its honour -he laid down his life with a smile

He has fought a great fight in the trenches -in response to his dear countries call

Australia is proud of her hero - thought he was only a Private, that's all.

Inserted by his sorrowing wife Maggie and two little children, Annie & Violet, Mintaro Avenue, Strathfield

He fought for those he loved so dear - that we may all live free

And on the battlefields of France, gave his life for you & me.