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Robert Raymond Bowater

Taken when serving in Japanese Occupation Force 1945-46

Robert Raymond Bowater (known as Bob)

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Robert Raymond AWMM
  • Surname
    Bowater AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    Jayforce 639402 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM 1001 Outram Road, Hastings, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Jayforce Mrs. M.A.M Bowater (mother), 1001 Outram Road, Hastings, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 29 May 1946 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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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

Last known rank

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  • Last rank

Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Husband of Rene (deceased); father of Ian, Brian, Shirley AWMM
    • Born 3 February 1925, married 23 Aug 1947 to Irene Gladys (known as Rene) Public - Shirley - Child - 22 April 2015 - Family papers


About death

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  • Death
    31 August 2013 AWMM
    Age 88 AWMM
    Te ArohaWaikato AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Death Notice: New Zealand Herald, 2 September 2013 AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name

Roll of Honour

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  • In my thoughts every day you will never be forgotten
    RIP Grandad
    Love you always x
    Public - Sandra jane - Other relative - 26 April 2020
  • We remember you today as we do every other day, your memory lives on in our hearts xx
    Public - Tina - Direct descendant - 25 April 2020
  • We shall never forget you...we carry your memory within our hearts...forever xxxxx
    Public - Tina - Other Relative - 22 April 2015



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  • External links
  • References
    • Brocklebank, L.W. (1997). Jayforce : New Zealand and the military occupation of Japan, 1945-48. Auckland, N.Z.: Oxford University Press. AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1950). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 16 (Embarkations from 1st January, 1946 to 30th June, 1948). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 16: WW2 14 AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      Death Notice: New Zealand Herald, 2 September 2013 AWMM


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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
26 April 2020Sandra janeTauranga New Zealand Other relative
25 April 2020TinaBrisbane Australia Direct descendant
22 April 2015Shirley Pauanui New ZealandChild
22 April 2015TinaBrisbane, AustraliaOther Relative

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