Henry William BOWEN


BOWEN, Henry William

Service Number: 339
Enlisted: 4 January 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 24th Infantry Battalion
Born: Hesket, Vic., date not yet discovered
Home Town: Woodend, Macedon Ranges, Victoria
Schooling: Hesket State School No 1004
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Drowning, At sea near Lemnos Island, 2 September 1915, age not yet discovered
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Romsey War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

4 Jan 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 339, 21st Infantry Battalion
10 May 1915: Involvement Private, SN 339, 24th Infantry Battalion
10 May 1915: Embarked Private, SN 339, 24th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ulysses, Melbourne

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

There were 3 Bowens brothers from Hesket that joined. Henry William, James Frederick and Walter Edward Bingham.

They all have plaques in the Avenue of Honour in nearby Woodend. Hesket is a very small settlement about halway between Romsey and Woodend. The Bowen Family lived on Bowen Lane in Hesket. The primary school was built on land donated by the family on the corner of Bowens Rd and Romsey Rd.

His first wife was Myrtle Hodgson. They had no children. They were very good neighbours and lived quite frugally. Had the best vegie and fruit garden in the neighbourhood.


Biography contributed by Steve Larkins

Henry WIlliam Bowen was one of the casualties of the torpedoing of the HMAT Southland off Lemnos Island conveying men of the 6th Brigade to Lemnos before transfer to Gallipoli.

Pte Henry Bowen had stayed on board the life boat until it was upended as it was being lowered and tipped him out, and he disappeared after hitting the water. Henry’s brother Walter was also on the Southland, but on a different part of the ship, and unaware of Henry’s fate.