BOWIE, Robert Ross
(Service number 7/920)
|First Rank||Major||Last Rank||Major|
|Date||NZBMD 13 April 1874; Army Records 12 April 1875||Place of Birth||Timaru, New Zealand|
|Date||14 December 1914||Age||40|
|Address at Enlistment||83 Wai-iti Rd, Timaru|
|Previous Military Experience||8th (South Canterbury) Mounted Rifles. Territorials.|
|Next of Kin||Mrs Elizabeth Bowie(Wife) Waika [Wai-iti?] Road, Timaru.|
|Medical Information||5 foot 9 inches. 154 lb weight. Fair complexion, Grey eyes. Brown hair. Good eyesight and hearing.Medical examination gave a good health report|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||4th Reinforcements|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||Canterbury Mounted Rifles|
|Date||17 April 1915|
|Transport||Willochra or Knight Templar or Waitomo|
|Embarked From||Wellington, New Zealand||Destination||Suez, Egypt|
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|Service Medals||1914-1915 Star, British War Medal & Victory Medal.|
Award Circumstances and Date
Prisoner of War Information
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Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
17/6/1915 - Admitted to hospital with dysentry. Became dangerously ill.
|Date||10 July 1915||Age||42|
|Place of Death||No.1 Hospital, Heliopolis, Cairo, Egypt|
|Cause||Died of dysentery|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Cairo War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt|
|Memorial Reference||B. 323|
|New Zealand Memorials||On Memorial wall, Timaru; Timaru Boys High School War Memorial (Library); Waimataitai School War Memorial; South Canterbury Savage Club Roll of Honour|
Son of Robert and Julia Ann Bowie (nee Johnson). Robert's siblings were Annie, Edith Withers, John Hunter, Euphemia, Julia Murray, and William Alexander.
Robert married Elizabeth Thompson in Oamaru on 12 April 1900. Their children, all born in Timaru were Patricia Mary (b.1900), Andrew Robert Michael 'Mick' (b.1901), Doris May (b.1905), Wanaka Elizabeth 'Wannie' (b.1907), Peggy (b.1909), and Jean (b.1913).
Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database (September 2013); Archives New Zealand Military Personnel file (November 2014); SCRoll web submission by L Bowie, 26 April 2020; SCRoll web submission by D Zam, 29 December 2020
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Janette Clarke, SC branch NZSG
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