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The Azalea Walk commemorates Warrant Officer Noel Oswald Bowden who died in Burma in May 1944 during World War Two.

Mr. and Mrs. R. Bowden. of 171 Prince Street, Grafton, received official word at the weekend that their son, Warrant officer Noel Bowden R.A.A.F., has been posted missing after air operations on May 23. Warrant Officer Bowden, who was 24 years of age is a member of the R.A.A.F but is attached to a R.A.F squadron in India, where he has been stationed for the past six months.  Noel, who was a fighter pilot, had served for two years overseas and had been in the R.A.A.F. for four years. He received his primary education at the Grafton Public School and secondary at the Grafton High School. Before his enlistment, he was a member of the Presbyterian Tennis Club. One brother, Stoker Mervyn Bowden, is serving with the Royal Australian Navy. 
Daily Examiner (Grafton, NSW), 29 May 1944.



Address:116 Oliver Street, Grafton Presbyterian Church, Grafton, 2460
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -29.687145
Long: 152.937427
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Garden
Monument Theme:People
Actual Event Start Date:23-May-1944
Actual Event End Date:23-May-1944


Front Inscription

Azalea Walk

To the glory of God

And in memory of Noel Oswald Bowden 

Burma May 23rd 1944.

Source: MA
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