John Bowran

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Bowran, Second Lieutenant John no.2630

54th Battalion 6th Reinforcements.

c/- Mrs E. Bagust, “Gossmoor” Gould Street, Canterbury.

Wesleyan Minister [Methodist Clergyman].

Born Tooting, Surrey, England.

Educated Dod’s Grammar School, Walton-on-Thames.

Came to Australia aged 19 years.

Enlisted at Lithgow 18/10/1915, aged 32.



Next of kin, brother, Edwin Bowran, c/- Mrs Calver “The Hollies” Edge Lane, Liverpool.

Embarked from Sydney 7/10/1916 per HMAT A40 Ceramic.

Died 25/9/1917 at Polygon Wood, aged 34.

Memorial on the Menin Gate.

Information from Edwin Bowran, brother, 70 Laurel Road, Edge Lane, Liverpool, England.

Memorial Board, Methodist Church, Canterbury Road, Campsie Anzac Memorial has Bowram, J.

Tele/Mirror list 11/11/1993 Bowran, John Canbury [i.e. Canterbury] died 25/9/1917.

Australian War Memorial record available at: [accessed 29/07/2016].

Special acknowledgement

The primary source of the information on this page is copied from the prize winning publication Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe. This book is the culmination of 12 years (1988-2000) research by a team of volunteers from the Canterbury and District Historical Society led by Dr Lesley Muir. Without this team's effort and dedication and the Society's willingness and support, this information would not be available today.


An uneditable version of the book Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe is in the eBook section of this wiki. In the main section, there is an alphabetical list of the 1,911 individuals recorded in the book - the list is titled Canterbury's Boys List. Each name in the list is linked to an editable biographical file created by copying the biography copied from the book. These editable biographies have been created to provide the space for descendants, historians, researchers, etc to add information, photographs, newspaper articles, memories, etc. they have discovered so it is available for this and future generations.


Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe. Edited by Lesley Muir. Campsie, N.S.W. : Canterbury and District Historical Society, 2002