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Vincent Bower

Portrait, Vincent Bower taken in Thames in 1920 - No known copyright restrictions

Portrait, Vincent Bower taken in Thames in 1920 - No known copyright restrictions


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Vincent AWMM
  • Surname
    Bower AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 61995 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 26 July 1917 AWMM
    Age 32 AWMM
    Blacksmith/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on 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
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 feet 5 1/2 inches AWMM
    • Weight, Unknown Period AWMM
      8 stone 5 pounds AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Hazel AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Black AWMM
    • Distinguishing marks, Unknown Period AWMM
      scar on right side of neck and right side of shin and below right nipple, Tattoo on left forearm AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      13 April 1918 received shrapnel wound to right arm and scalp and was admitted to hospital at Boulogne, France AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      3 October 1918 received a gun shot wound to the left thigh and was admitted to hospital at Abbiville, France and then later transferred to England and admitted to the South African Hospital, Richmond Park, Sussex on 11 October. On 12 December he was then transferred to Company Hospital, London AWMM
    • Died from Natural Causes, Cause of Death AWMM
      Old age AWMM

Last known rank

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  • Last rank
    Inter War 22 May 1919 AWMM
    No longer physically fit for war services AWMM
    Private AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Jan Green (Bower's granddaughter) provides the following biography:

    Following the Depression when Vincent was in Mangapehi, his wife Dolly worked as the Head Chef at the Hotel Australia in Rotorua, where their son Jack went to school.

    During World War Two, Dolly moved back to Mangapehi with Vincent where they had a tearooms. Their son Jack's name appears on the Roll of Honour at Mangapehi.

    Following World War Two, they moved to Lake Rotoiti, near Rotorua. Dolly died in 1952 but Vincent stayed at the lake, retired by this time. In 1965 he moved to Thames where he died in 1972 AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    25 February 1972 AWMM
    Age 88 AWMM
    ThamesCoromandel District AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Rotorua Cemetery and Crematorium, 160 Sala Street, Rotorua, New Zealand AWMM Section 18, Block 4 AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    New Zealand Herald 26 February 1972 AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name

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