BOWKER, Stanley Joseph
(Service number 7/ 18)

First Rank Corporal Last Rank Sergeant


Date Unknown Place of Birth

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment College Rd, Timaru
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Charles Bowker (father), Timaru
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation Main Body
Unit, Squadron, or Ship Canterbury Mounted Rifles
Date 16 October 1914
Transport Tahiti or Athenic
Embarked From Lyttelton Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Canterbury Mounted Rifles

Military Awards

Campaigns Gallipoli
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 21 August 1915 Age 22
Place of Death Gallipoli, Turkey
Cause Killed in action
Memorial or Cemetery Hill 60 Cemetery, Turkey
Memorial Reference 11. D. I
New Zealand Memorials On Memorial wall, Timaru; Timaru Boys High School War Memorial (Library)

Biographical Notes

Stanley Bowker lived in College Road, the son of Charles and Harriet A Bowker of 10 Sarah Street when he enlisted in 1914. He embarked for Gallipoli as a corporal with the Canterbury Mounted Rifles on 16 October 1914 and was killed in action on 21 August 1915 aged 22. He is remembered at Hill 60 (NZ) Memorial, Hill 60 Cemetery, Turkey. The battle of Hill 60 on 21 August was the last major assault of the doomed Gallipoli Campaign when an attempt was made to link the Anzac and Suvla landings. Two attacks were made on 21 and 27 August, and although limited gains were made during the first assault the attacks were ultimately unsuccessful.

The Timaru Herald of 15 September 1915 recorded: Mrs C. Bowker of The Pines, College Rd, received the sad news yesterday that her son, Sergeant Stanley J. Bowker, had been killed at the Dardanelles. The late Sergeant Bowker was an exceptionally fine type of young man and his death will come as a severe blow to many people besides his relatives. Though only 23 years of age, he had, through his courteous, unassuming and always manly ways, made a friend of every one with whom he had ever come in contact. Born in Timaru he was educated at the Timaru Main and High Schools, after which hew went to Lincoln College, having decided to follow agricultural and pastoral pursuits. On leaving the College he accepted an engagement with Mr John Withell, working first on the latter’s Otipua and Ealing properties, and when the war broke out he was in charge of Mr Withell’s Wairoa estate, Hawkes Bay. Prior to going to the North Island he had been a member of the South Canterbury Mounted Rifles in which body he held the rank of Corporal. When the war broke out he lost no time in informing his employer that he considered his place was at the Front – though he had no personal desire to go apart from the desire to do his duty. He accordingly came down to Timaru and joined his old regiment, leaving Timaru as a Corporal, but subsequently gaining promotion to the rank of Sergeant. He was killed in action at Gallipoli on August 21. In his last letter to his mother, he wrote: ‘If this war is to be over quickly we must have more men; the more we get and the quicker we get them the sooner will it be over.’

Mrs Bowker was the recipient of many messages of sympathy, including one from the members of the Wesley Ladies Guild, when they met to continue their work on behalf of the soldiers.


Cenotaph Oct 2013

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