Frank Richard Bowie

First Name: 
Frank
Middle Name: 
Richard
Last Name: 
Bowie
Date of Birth: 
Sunday, June 18, 1893
Mother's Name: 
Mary (nee Carratt)
Father's Name: 
David Walter Bowie
Date Enlisted: 
Tuesday, March 14, 1916
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Private
Unit: 
4th Battalion
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Tuesday, December 11, 1928
Place of Death: 
Wentworth Falls
Details: 

Frank Bowie (Service No 5977) was born in Wollongong, NSW in 1893. When he finished school he joined the Salvation Army. Frank was accepted for training by the Salvation Army on 16th July 1912 and was appointed to the Corps on 20th August 1913. At the time of enlistment he was a single 23 year old Salvation Army Officer.

Frank embarked on HMAT A18 Wiltshire with 19th Reinforcements, 4th Battalion on 22nd August 1916. He arrived in England in October 1916 and was at Larkhill camp until he went to France on 4th December 1917. In July and August 1917 he was visited in Larkhill by his Father.

On 21st March 1918 while engaged in the desperate fighting to halt the German advance Frank was wounded in action. He was evacuated to England for treatment to gun shot wounds to his right thigh and a fractured femur. He recovered from his wounds but was later re-admitted to hospital and diagnosed with tuberculosis (TB).

Frank returned to Australia in May 1919 still being treated for TB and finally discharged medically unfit on 30th October 1920. On 23rd April 1921 he married Florence Dymock. Frank died at Wentworth Falls in December, 1928 and is buried in the Wentworth Falls Cemetery.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, BOWIE F R

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