Bede Francis DOWD

Badge Number: S2890
S2890

DOWD, Bede Francis

Service Number: 1443
Enlisted: 19 July 1915, Keswick, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 3rd Light Horse Regiment
Born: Yednalue, South Australia, 1 February 1893
Home Town: Canowie Belt, Northern Areas, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farmer/Clerk
Died: Killkenny, South Australia, 10 February 1952, aged 59 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Cheltenham Cemetery, S.A.
Memorials: Burra District WW1 Honor Roll, Jamestown Canowie Belt Honour Roll, Jamestown Soldier's Memorial Park Arch, Peterborough St Anacletus Catholic Church Honour Board WW1
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World War 1 Service

19 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1443, 3rd Light Horse Regiment, Keswick, South Australia
27 Oct 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 1443, 3rd Light Horse Regiment, :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '1' embarkation_place: Adelaide embarkation_ship: HMAT Benalla embarkation_ship_number: A24 public_note: ''
1 Mar 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 1443, 3rd Light Horse Regiment
16 Nov 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 1443, 3rd Light Horse Regiment, Egypt and Palestine - Light Horse and AFC Operations, Listed variously as 'BW" and 'GSW' (general shrapnel wound - but actually a crush injury after his horse rolled on him and trapped him
12 Sep 1918: Discharged AIF WW1, SN 1443, 3rd Light Horse Regiment

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Biography

Bede Francis Dowd was the son of David William Dowd and Charlotte Augusta Dowd (nee Seal). David William arrived in Australia on the Escort as in infant with his family from County Cavan Ireland. Charlotte was the daughter of George Seal, a former convict from Sussex in the UK.

Bede was injured in or around Egypt and was pinned under his horse for sometime presumed dead. He had his arm amputed and returned to South Australia, where he married Ellen O' Connell and had six children: David Thomas, Margaret, Philomena (Faylie), Robert, Bede and Mary.

Bede worked as a hospital admissions clerk in Adelaide after the war. He was a devout Catholic, with two sisters who had joined the Sisters of Saint Joseph and one son, Robert, who became a Carmelite Priest. By all accounts he was a very polite and principled man and assisted less fortunate relatives during the depression by allowing some to live with his family. His neice Claire lived with the family. He rarely talked about the war except to tell his son that he did not want him to ever have to see the horrors of war.

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