Frederick Percival Lancelot (Perce) BAWDEN


BAWDEN, Frederick Percival Lancelot

Service Number: 5031
Enlisted: 8 January 1916
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 8th Infantry Battalion
Born: Bendigo, Vic., 1888
Home Town: Ballarat, Central Highlands, Victoria
Schooling: Sebastopol State School, Ballarat School of Mines
Occupation: Assayer
Died: Killed In Action, Belgium, 4 October 1917
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Menin Gate Memorial (Commonwealth Memorial to the Missing of the Ypres Salient), Sebastopol Lodge No 63 HR
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World War 1 Service

8 Jan 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 5031, 8th Infantry Battalion
1 Apr 1916: Involvement Private, SN 5031, 8th Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres
1 Apr 1916: Embarked Private, SN 5031, 8th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Suffolk, Melbourne
4 Oct 1917: Involvement Lance Corporal, SN 5031, 8th Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of Frederick and Mary BAWDEN of Ballarat, Vic.

Husband of Muriel Celia BAWDEN of 8 Balaclava Street, Ballarat, Vic.

Mr Frerick Bawden, of Sebastapol, has been oficially notified that his son Pte Percy Bawden, has neen killed in action in France. Pte Bawden was home in Sebastapol, and after leaving school entered the employment of the Edwards Pyrites Works where he was employed as an assayer at the time of his enlistment in May 1916. Pte.Bawden was  married shortly before his departure for France,and leaves a Widow and one child. He was 30 years of age. His brother, Pte Harry Bawden, is also on active service in France. Pte Percy Bawden was a member of the Sebastapol Fire Brigade  and as a tribute of repect to his memory the flags at the Sebastop0l and City Brigades were flown at half mast.

Lance Cprl F.P.L . (Perce) Bawden was killed in action in Belgium on 4th October. He was the eldest son of Mr and Mrs Fred Bawden, of Sebastopol and son in law of Mr and Mrs Albert Kyle of this city. He enlisted in January 1916. trained in the Ballarat Camp and left Australia on 1st April 1916, with reinforcements to the 8th Battalion. After spending some time in Egypt he went to France, where he became attached to the Machine Gun Section, 8th Battalion. He was in the battle of Pozzieres, and shortly after met with a serious accident in the trenches, which necessitated his being sent to England for treatment. After recovery he joined up with his company and soon after
paid the supreme sacrifice when killed at around 5 pm on 4 October 1917 at Broodseinde Ridge during the Battle of Passchendaele. In private life he was a mettalurgist and prior to enlisting occupied the position of assayer at Edwards' pyrites works. He was a member of the Masonic Order, a past chief ruler of the Sebastopol Rechabite Lodge captain of Sebastopol Tennis Club, and Young Men's Club. He leaves a wife Muriel and infant son Stewart Kyle to mourn their loss. His only brother as well as his wife's two brothers are still at the Front. He was esteemed by all who knew him.