Archibald Duncan (Archie) BOWIE


BOWIE, Archibald Duncan

Service Numbers: 7, 2345
Enlisted: 10 May 1916, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 5th Pioneer Battalion
Born: Exeter, South Australia, 27 March 1882
Home Town: Birkenhead, Port Adelaide Enfield, South Australia
Schooling: Le Fevres Peninsula School
Occupation: Shipwright
Died: Hit by a shell, Killed in Action, Corbie, France, 20 May 1918, aged 36 years
Cemetery: Aubigny British Cemetery
Row D, Grave 11
Memorials: Adelaide Australian Harbours Board WW1 Roll of Honour, Adelaide Grand Masonic Lodge WW1 Honour Board, Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Birkenhead WW1 Harbors Board Employees Memorial
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Boer War Service

1 Oct 1899: Involvement Private, SN 7, 8th Battalion, Australian Commonwealth Horse

World War 1 Service

10 May 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2345, Adelaide, South Australia
14 Aug 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2345, 5th Pioneer Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
14 Aug 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2345, 5th Pioneer Battalion, HMAT Itria, Adelaide
7 Feb 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2345, 5th Pioneer Battalion
20 May 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2345, 5th Pioneer Battalion, Merris (France)

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Biography contributed by Julianne Ryan

Born 27 March 1882 in Waterville (now Exeter), South Australia
(SA Births 1842 - 1906 Book: 279 Page: 24 District: PtA.)

Father Angus BOWIE and Mother Mary Bowie (nee SAMUEL)

Wife:  Florence Jessie Bowie
lived at Shorney Street, Birkenhead, South Australia
(1919 moved to Robert Street, Sandwell, SA
 1923 moved to Baker Street, Birkenhead, SA)

Previous service:
Boer War - 0817 Private with 8th Regiment, ACH
21/04/1902  enlisted into Boer War

Archibald was described on enlisting into WWI as 33 years 10 months of age;
married; 5' 6.5" tall; 130 lbs; medium complexion; grey eyes; turning grey hair;

10/05/1916  enlisted into WWI in Adelaide, SA

15/05/1916  appointed to 'D' Company, Adelaide

24/05/1916  Private with Base Engineers

02/06/1916  Private with 4th reinforcements, 5th Pioneer Battalion

14/08/1916  embarked Outer Harbour, SA onboard HMAT A55 Itria
                   as a Private with 4th reinforcements, 5th Pioneer Battalion
30/10/1916  disembarked into Plymouth, England

31/12/1916  proceeded overseas to France, onboard HT Princess Victoria, ex
                   Folkestone, England

01/01/1917  joined Depot, Etaples, France

07/02/1917  taken on strength 5th Pioneer Battalion, in the field

07/02/1918  granted furlo (leave) to England
22/02/1918  rejoined 5th Pioneer Battalion in the field

20/05/1918  hit by a shell - Killed in Action at Corbie, France

he was buried by his mates and a chaplain from the unit buried him,
they erected a cross, with his rank, name and details and placed it on his grave.

Buried in:    Aubigny British Cemetery, Somme, France
                  Row D, Grave 11
                  (buried next to Private 8269 Charles Edward Young)

His name is commemorated on:-
- Panel 174 at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, ACT
- the South Australian Harbor Board WWI Memorial, Birkenhead, SA

Medals:       British War medal (45051); Victory medal (44537)
                  Memorial Plaque and Scroll (345793)

Sumitted by Julianne T Ryan.  22/04/2017.  Lest we forget.