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