Topic: Joseph William Bower

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From research done in 2009 by Wairarapa College Year 12 history assignment on Wairarapa soldiers who died in World War One.

Full name: Joseph William Bower

Date of Birth: 8 November 1896
Serial number: 52940
Occupation before enlistment: Cheesemaker
First known rank: Gunner
Embarkation date: 14 July 1917
Place of embarkation: Wellington, New Zealand
Body on embarkation: New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Embarkation unit: 28th Reinforcements, New Zealand Field Artillery
Last unit served: New Zealand Field Artillery
Rank last held: Gunner
Place of death: United Kingdom
Date of Death: 2 September 1918
Cause of death: Died of wounds
Cemetery name: Brockenhurst (St Nicholas) Churchyard, Hampshire, England

Biographical notes:

'New Zealand Graves at Brockenhurst' by Clare Church p. 207 "During the Battle of Bapaume, Bower received gunshot wounds to his left hip and left buttock on 26 August 1918. He was evacuated to England and admitted to No.1 NZGH, Brockenhurst on 30 August. He died a few days later."

Joseph was wounded in action on 26 August 1918 near Bapaume and was admitted on 28 August 1918 in Rouen. Later shipped to England and died on admission on 2 September 1918.


The Wairarapa Daily Times, 7 September 1918 "Private J. Bower, son of Mr and Mrs Bower, of Greytown, has succumbed to wounds received in action."

Student researcher: Alex McKinlay



Joseph William Bower

First Names:Joseph William
Last Name:Bower
Place of Birth:Otago