Outdoor portrait of Australian Prisoner of War (POW) 2786 Corporal (Cpl) Arthur Donald Bowen, ...

Accession Number P03236.092
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white - Print silver gelatin
Maker Unknown
Date made c December 1917
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Copyright

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

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Description

Outdoor portrait of Australian Prisoner of War (POW) 2786 Corporal (Cpl) Arthur Donald Bowen, 54th Battalion, from Sydney, NSW at POW Camp Stuttgart, Germany. Cpl Bowen enlisted at the age of 26 on 26 June 1915 and embarked for overseas on 30 September 1915 aboard HMAT Argyllshire. He was wounded and captured at Fleurbaix, France on 20 July 1916 and held as a POW in Germany until he was repatriated to England via Holland, arriving in November 1918. Whilst interned at Stuttgart Cpl Bowen wrote on 1 January 1918 "All the new arrivals of the Australians in this camp have received most of their parcels as we have had a big delivery of parcels that have been delayed on the way, on account of their being moved about so much. We all enjoyed our Christmas with our concerts etc., which the new arrivals enjoyed very much. Their first treat to a 'Sing-Song', since they have been captured." Cpl Bowen arrived back in Australia on 17 April 1919. Handwritten note on back of photograph reads "No 2786 Cpl A.D. Bowen A Coy 54th Batt AIF Squad 157 Depot II Stuttgart Wurttemberg Germany 15/12/17 To Miss Chomley Staff Wishing you all a Bright & Merry Xmas & a Happy New Year yours Sincerely Cpl A.D. Bowen." One of a series of over 400 photographs sent by Australian POWs in German camps to Miss M. E. Chomley, Secretary, Prisoners Department, Australian-British Red Cross Society, London. Original album housed in AWM Research Centre at RC00864, Album image number 120.

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