1. Memorial:Cairo War Memorial CemeteryI. A. 17. Cairo
2. Book:The (1921) Masonic Roll of Honour 1914-1918Pg.117
3. Memorial:The (1940) Scroll - WW1 Roll of Honour18C GQS

Awards & Titles:

1914-15 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal

Family :

Son of Robert Hislop Bowie and Julia Bowie; husband of Elizabeth Bowie, of 83, Wai-iti Rd., Timaru, New Zealand. Store Manager. Robert's siblings were Annie, Edith Withers, John Hunter, Euphemia, Julia Murray, and William Alexander.

Robert married Elizabeth Thompson in Oamaru on 12 April 1900. Their children, all born in Timaru were Patricia Mary (b.1900), Andrew Robert Michael 'Mick' (b.1901), Doris May (b.1905), Wanaka Elizabeth 'Wannie' (b.1907), Peggy (b.1909), and Jean (b.1913).

Service Life:


Unit / Ship / Est.: Canterbury Mounted Rifles, N.Z.E.F. 

Action : Natural Causes 

Natural causes is attributed those deaths due to causes that were not directly associated with the war. Included in this are wartime deaths resulting from, for example, theSpanish Influenza pandemic and its associated pneumonia problems and other attributions such as age and exhaustion. It also groups those who through Post Traumatic Stress committed suicide as a result of their experiences.

Detail :

Major Robert Ross BOWIE, Canterbury Mounted Rifles, NZEF. Formerly of the 8th (South Canterbury) Battalion but served in the 4th Reinforcements battalion during WW1 enlisting 14th December, 1914.

Died of other causes (dysentery) in Egypt, on 10 July 1915, aged 42. Grave: Cairo War Memorial cemetery.

Further commemorated on Memorial wall, Timaru; Timaru Boys High School War Memorial (Library); Waimataitai School War Memorial; South Canterbury Savage Club Roll of Honour.

Masonic :

TypeLodge Name and No.Province/District :
Mother : St. John No. 1137 E.C.New Zealand (South Island)

21st July 1902
29th September 1902
17th November 1902

Source :

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