War medal returns home

RETURNED: Rodney Elson presents the Robert Bowshire's war medal to his grandson Dennis Scott

RETURNED: Rodney Elson presents the Robert Bowshire's war medal to his grandson Dennis Scott

The power of social media has once again been used for good, as it assisted in returning a war medal back to its rightful owner. 

Rodeny Elson turned to Facebook to find the owners of a World War I medal that he found while dismantling a caravan, and two weeks ago, he returned the medal the recipient’s grandson Dennis Scott in Tumby Bay.

The war medal belonged to Robert John Bowshire who enlisted in Adelaide in 1916, serving in England and France, where he was promoted to corporal.

While in France, Mr Bowshire received a serious gunshot wound to the jaw in October 1918, and returned to Australia in July 1919.

Mr Bowshire, and his wife Lily, lived in Cleve for nearly 70 years, where they owned a billiard saloon and barber shop, before moving to Port Lincoln.

His daughter June married Ken Scott of Lipson in 1952, and had two children, Dennis and Terry.

June passed away in 2009, and is buried in Tumby Bay Cemetery.