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Auction: 24001 - Orders, Decorations and Medals
Lot: 78

Pair: Private J. J. Bowden, Royal Marines Light Infantry, who was wounded in action at Langfang on 17 June 1900

East and West Africa 1887-1900, 1 clasp, Witu 1890 (J. J. Bowden, Pte R.M., H.M.S. Conquest.); China 1900, 1 clasp, Relief of Pekin (J. J. Bowden, Pte. R.M.L.I., H.M.S. Barfleur.), very fine (2)

James John Bowden was born at Brompton, London, on 25 November 1864 and was a Carman prior to his service with the Royal Marines Light Infantry. He enlisted on 25 July 1887 in London and served at the Depot at Walmer, Kent. Bowden then served on the Plymouth Division from 3 May 1888-15 February 1889. He served on Conquest from 16 February 1889-11 May 1892 and returned to the Chatham Division before then serving aboard Audacious from 10 April 1893-6 February 1894.

Bowden served on Barfeleur from 1 October 1898-30 December 1900, being present at the Relief of Pekin. During the campaign, he was wounded in action, taking '...a mark from a bullet wound to the centre of his chest.'

He was thence discharged invalided on 20 March 1901. His Wounds and Hurts also noted '...a small deepened ulcerated suspect 2 inches from lower edge of sternum, the result of a round moulded slug (168 grains) striking him.'

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