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Bowles, W S

Dantzig Alley British Cemetery

Dantzig Alley British Cemetery, Mametz.

Notice of Death appears in Jersey Evening Post of Monday 17 July 1916

NEWS ITEM in Jersey Evening Post of Monday 17 July 1916

Victoria College Roll of Honour. We regret to learn that 2nd Lieutenant Wilfred Spencer Bowles, only son of Mr & Mrs Thomas Bowles of Simla Villa, Janvrin Road, has been killed in action. The deceased officer, who was in his 22nd year, belonged to the 5th Essex Regiment and was attached to the Machine Gun Section. He was educated at Victoria College from 1910-14 and at Kings College, London. He was a prominent member of the Victoria College football and hockey teams and was highly esteemed by all who knew him. To the bereaved family we would tender our sincerest sympathy.

NEWS ITEM in Jersey Evening Post of Thursday 20 July 1916

The Late Lieutenant W S Bowles. The following letter has been received by Mr T S Bowles of Simla Villa, Janvrin Road, relative to the death of his son, 2nd Lieutenant W S Bowles which occurred on 10th July.

The letter reads "114th Machine Gun Company, 114th Infantry Brigade, France. 14 July 1916. My dear Mr Bowles, I have the unpleasant duty of informing you that your son was killed in action on Monday afternoon, 10 July. We always found him a good officer, always pleasant and liked by his brother officers and the men. The only consolation that I can give you is that he died while leading his men in one of the worst fights that our Army has ever encountered. He was buried properly, as best we could under the circumstances. All ranks under my command join me in sending their sincerest sympathy to you and yours.
I am yours very sincerely J WILKINSON, Lieutenant OC 114th Brigade Machine Gun Company".

Commemorated on OV Memorial and St Mark's Church Memorial, Jersey

Commonwealth War Graves Commission Record


Second Lieutenant Wilfred Spencer Bowles
5th Battalion, Essex Regiment

Wilfred Spencer Bowles

Only son of Thomas Francis & Alice Bowles of Simla Villa, Janvrin Road, St Helier, Jersey.

Killed in action, aged 21 years

Educated at Victoria College, Jersey and Kings College, London.