John Montague (Jack) BOWMAKER

BOWMAKER, John Montague

Service Number: 161
Enlisted: 29 January 1915, Liverpool, New South Wales
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 17th Infantry Battalion
Born: Hurstville, New South Wales, Australia, 25 June 1893
Home Town: Hurstville, Kogarah, New South Wales
Schooling: Hurstville Superior Public School, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Cabinet Maker
Died: Died of wounds (received at Gallipoli), At Sea (HS Aquitania - near Gibraltar), 22 September 1915, aged 22 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Buried at sea
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Lone Pine Memorial to the Missing, Municipality of Hurstville Pictorial Honour Roll No 1
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World War 1 Service

29 Jan 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Liverpool, New South Wales
12 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 161, 17th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1,

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12 May 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 161, 17th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Themistocles, Sydney
19 Sep 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 161, 17th Infantry Battalion, ANZAC / Gallipoli

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John Montague BOWMAKER was born on 25th June 1893 in Hurstville, Sydney , NSW

His parents were James Henry BOWMAKER and Florence Esther BAGOT

He enlisted on 30th January, 1915 with the Australian Army - he was with the 17th Battalion, A Company - Unit embarked from Sydney on transport ship Themistocles on 12th May, 1915

John was wounded in action at Quinns Post, Gallipoli on 19th September, 1915 and was transferred to the Hospital ship  Aquitania where he died from his wounds at sea on 22nd September, 1915 at Gibraltar on his way to England - cause of death was jaundice & gun shot wounds.

He is listed on the Lone Pine Memorial, the Australian War Memorial and the Hurstville War Memorial in Sydney -

He received the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and the Victory Medal. 


Sydney Morning Herald - 5th October, 1915

BOWMAKER.- Killed in action  Sept 22, Pte, John (Jack) M Bowmaker aged 22 years.  17th Battalion , A Company, 5th Infantry Brigade

"To manhood days I brought him, And then he heard the call

To manhood days I brought him, And then I gave my all.

Inserted by his loving Mother, Brothers & Sisters, Dora Street, Hurstville.


'Where God had set him in the fight,

He held the field, fought on, fought on,

And so fell fighting for the right"

Inserted by his loving sister Bell Glover and brother in law Private Bert Glover, 1st Battalion.


Sydney Morning Herald 23rd September, 1916

BOWMAKER.- A tribute of loving memory of my darling son & brother, Private John M Bowmaker (Jack), 17th Battalion, died of wounds on hospital ship Aquitania received at Quinns Post

"What peaceful hours we once enjoyed, How sweet his memory still,

But he has left aching hearts, This world can never fill.""


"He did his duty, as a sodier and a man"


"No tomb shall e'er plead to remembrance for thee

Oh brother, comrade, peace to thy soul"