(Service number 15866)

First Rank Rifleman Last Rank


Date 22 April 1876 Place of Birth Timaru

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Dee Street, Timaru
Occupation Platelayer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin Miss Elizabeth Rose BOWMAN (sister), Dee Street, Timaru
Religion Anglican
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Rifle Brigade
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 6th Reinforcements, 3rd Battalion, G Company
Date 26 July 1916
Transport Waitemata or Ulimaroa
Embarked From Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

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

Railway employee


Date 10 June 1947 Age 71 years
Place of Death Timaru
Memorial or Cemetery Timaru Cemetery
Memorial Reference General Section, Row 38, Plot 801
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

John Bowman was the son of Joseph and Hannah Bowman. His father was born in Cumberland, England, about 1838. John had twin sisters, Elizabeth Rose and Isabella, born in 1875 at Timaru. John and his sisters were all christened on 2 August 1891 at St Mary's Church, Timaru. They were educated at Timaru Main School. Their father, Joseph, left his Timaru home on 29 April 1893 and was not seen again. In September following, a human foot was found on the beach near the freezing works. Mrs Bowman recognised the sock covering the foot as her own home knitted work and as worn by her husband when he went missing. It was feared that Mr Bowman would commit suicide, since his son (John) had been arrested on a poisoning charge. John was subsequently, however, found not guilty and was discharged. Mrs Bowman died in February 1911, and her daughter Rose is buried with her in the Timaru Cemetery. J. Bowman embarked from Liverpool on 16 November 1917 by the “Ruahine” and arrived back in New Zealand on 6 January 1918. John married Annie Duff in 1925.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [09 November 2019]; School Admission records (South Canterbury Branch NZSG) [09 November 2019]; Timaru Cemetery headstone images (Timaru District Council) [09 November 2019]; Refer - South Canterbury Times, 1, 4, 5, 12 & 13 May 1893, 22 June 1893, 7 July 1893, 3 August 1893, 16 September 1893, NZ Police Gazetter, 17 May 1893, 4 October 1893, Timaru Herald, 20 & 21 February 1911, 8 January 1918 (Papers Past) [22 November 2013; 10 & 11 November 2019]

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