BOWKETT, John Cleaver
(Service number 55411)
|First Rank||Private||Last Rank||Private|
|Date||10 October 1883||Place of Birth||Geraldine|
|Date||25 February 1917||Age||33|
|Address at Enlistment||18 Woodlands Road, TImaru|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin||Mrs Sarah Bowkett (mother) 18 Woodlands Road; Mrs Ruby Isobel Bowkett (wife) 109 Wilson St, Timaru|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Western Europe|
|Body on Embarkation||1st Canterbury Infantry Regiment, C Coy|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship|
|Other Units Served With|
|Last Unit Served With|
|Service Medals||British War Medal, Victory Medal|
Award Circumstances and Date
Prisoner of War Information
|Date of Capture|
|Where Captured and by Whom|
|Actions Prior to Capture|
|PoW Serial Number|
|Date||25 March 1919||Reason||Medically unfit, Bronchial Catarrh|
Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
Hospitalised from 15 Aug 1917, then on and off until November 1918
|Date||30 October 1971||Age|
|Place of Death||Christchurch|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Timaru Cemetery|
|New Zealand Memorials|
Son of Thomas and Sarah Bowkett (nee Cleaver), who married in Coventry, England and arrived in NZ on the SS Columbus in 1874. The couple had nine children, six girls and three boys - John Cleaver, Thomas, and Humphrey James.
John Cleaver Bowkett enlisted in 1917 but was discharged in 1919 as medically unfit with Bronchial Catarch. He had previously married Ruby Isobel Smith in 1917 just before he embarked.
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