STOWELL, Arthur Percy
(Service number 6/3483)

Aliases Percy
First Rank Private Last Rank Private


Date Unknown Place of Birth

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Freezing works, Pareora, NZ
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin Mrs L Stowell (mother) Pareora, Canterbury
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with New Zealand Armed Forces (?) Served in
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation 8th reinforcements
Unit, Squadron, or Ship Canterbury Infantry Battalion
Date 13 November 1915
Transport HMNZT 35, 36 Willochra, Tofua
Embarked From Wellington Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Canterbury Infantry Regiment, 1st Battalion

Military Awards

Service Medals
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 6 June 1917 Age 22
Place of Death Belgium
Cause died of wounds
Notices Timaru Herald, Volume CVI, Issue 16270, 25 June 1917, Page 6
Memorial or Cemetery Underhill Farm Cemeterym Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, Belgium
Memorial Reference A 12
New Zealand Memorials On Memorial wall, Timaru; Pareora East School War Memorial (as P (Percy) Stowell), Pareora East School War Memorial

Biographical Notes

Arthur Stowell was a tally clerk at Pareora Freezing Works when he enlisted on 26 August 1915. He gave his last employer as W. Watkins, foreman butcher of Pareora Freezing Works and his next of kin as his mother Louise Stowell of Pareora near Timaru. He was born at Springbrook on 27 August 1894, so was just one day short of his 21st birthday, and had served in the territorials. He was 5ft 9in tall, weighed 147lbs, had fair hair, brown eyes and brown hair. He passed all physical tests. He embarked with the 8th Reinforcements of the Canterbury Infantry Battalion on 13 November 1915, sailing from Wellington to Suez.

Private Stowell’s army record states that he took part in the Egyptian campaign of 1915-16 and was then on the Western Front 1916-17. He was hospitalised with German measles in France in April 1917. He spent eight days in hospital before being transferred back to base depot. Two months later he died of wounds received in action on 6 June 1917 – that he was brought in dead to an Advanced Dressing Station of the 3rd NZ Field Ambulance in the field in Belgium. He was buried at Underhill Farm, Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, Belgium.

The Timaru Herald of 25 June 1917 stated: “Quite a gloom was cast over Pareora when the news came through that Private A.P. Stowell had died of wounds received in action. Private Stowell, who was the youngest son of Mrs H. Stowell, Pareora, was a most popular boy and highly esteemed by all who knew him. His mother has received messages of sympathy from all parts of the Dominion. Private Stowell left with the 8th Reinforcements, went through the Somme push last yer, and it is surmised that he fell in the last great fight when the New Zealanders made such a glorious name for themselves and so many brave men made the supreme sacrifice. Private Stowell was 22 years of age.”


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [29 December 2016]; Timaru Herald 25 June 1917

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