Huie Clarence Bowden
Serial No. 1438
36th Battalion & 34th Battalion
Huie Clarence Bowden - Information
Huie Clarence Bowden was born in Waverly in 1890. His parents, Alexander McNaughton and Emily Helen Bowden had lived in Campbelltown on Appin Rd and on Queen St. When war broke out, Huie had left the family home in Campbelltown, and was residing in Liverpool, working as a stock and station agent. In April 1915, Huie's older brother, William, had travelled into Sydney to join up. On the 10th of August 1915, Huie followed his brother enlisting in the AIF at Liverpool.
Huie departed Sydney as a Corporal with the 36th Battalion on the 13th of May 1916 aboard the HMAT Beltana. He arrived at Devonport on the 9th of September, undergoing further training and subsequently shipped over to France in November 1916. He joined the 36th Battalion in the lines the following month. Regrettably, he was in the trenches during the cold and wet winter months. As a result in May 1917, he was admitted to hospital with influenza and trench foot. He was eventually evacuated to hospital in Weymouth in England. He required treatment well into the new year, recuperating at Hurdcott.
On the 29th of June 1918, he was transferred to the 34th Battalion, and later detached to the 2nd Squadron Australian Flying Corps in October. Huie helped the Flying Corps operate for the last few weeks of the war. In 1919, aerial reconnaissance remained necessary for patrolling the German border and surveying the damage of years of brutal conflict. Huie then returned to Australia from England on the 6th of May 1919 on the HT Kaise-i-Hind. After returning from the war, he reunited with his family at Miramichi on Queen St in Campbelltown. In 1925 he married Jane Goran Cameron at Chatswood, looking forward to a life of peace.