BOWKETT, John Cleaver
(Service number 55411)

First Rank Private Last Rank Private


Date 10 October 1883 Place of Birth Geraldine

Enlistment Information

Date 25 February 1917 Age 33
Address at Enlistment 18 Woodlands Road, TImaru
Occupation Picture framer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Married
Next of Kin Mrs Sarah Bowkett (mother) 18 Woodlands Road; Mrs Ruby Isobel Bowkett (wife) 109 Wilson St, Timaru
Religion Methodist
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Western Europe
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation 1st Canterbury Infantry Regiment, C Coy
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Embarked From Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Campaigns Western Front
Service Medals British War Medal, Victory Medal
Military Awards

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Liberation Date


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

Post-war Occupations


Date 30 October 1971 Age
Place of Death Christchurch
Memorial or Cemetery Timaru Cemetery
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

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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