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John Desborough Bowden

Memorial plaque of John Bowden at St Peters Anglican Churchyard, Riccarton, Christchurch, New Zealand. - No known copyright restrictions

Memorial plaque of John Bowden at St Peters Anglican Churchyard, Riccarton, Christchurch, New Zealan …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    John Desborough AWMM
  • Surname
    Bowden AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 23924 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    19 January 1894 Noel Smith and Lyn Griffiths research
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs C.A. Bowden (mother), 78 Park Terrace, Christchurch, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Battle of the Somme AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 23924 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 Unknown AWMM Law Clerk/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Died of wounds, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • John Bowden was the son of Charles Stuart Bowden and Jessie Bowden of 157 Papanui Road, Christchurch, New Zealand. AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    10 October 1916 AWMM
    Age 22 AWMM
    FranceEurope AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Heilly Station Cemetery, Mericourt-l'Abbe, Somme, France AWMM V A 1 AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Second Lieutenant John Desborough Bowden, New Zealand Infantry, was the only son of the late Rev. C. S. Bowden, vicar of Riccarton, Christchurch, New Zealand, and the only grandson of the late Major H.G. Bowden, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment. He was educated at Christ's College, New Zealand, and was Lieutenant in the school cadet corps. Lieutenant Bowden was known as a very good all-round athlete. He obtained a commission in the New Zealand Expeditionary Force in July last year, and arrived at the front about a month ago. He was badly wounded in the chest about October 4th, and died on October 10th.Chronicles of the N.Z.E.F. Records of Matters Concerning the Troops and Gazette of Patriotic Effort, No.5, October 30, 1916, page 120. AWMM
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  • Memorial name
    Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories AWMM

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