LAWRENCE MILBERT BOWEN

Laid to rest at the Field of Honour.

 

Born: 7th September 1915; Toronto, Canada.

Died: 3rd September 1941; age: 26; aircraft accident, Rectory Lane, Kirton, Suffolk.

Residence: 286, Winona Drive, Toronto, Ontario.

Employment: a Biller/Clerk at Smith Transport, 105, Villiers Street, Toronto – 1935 – 1940.

Enlistment Details: Location: Toronto; Date: 1st May 1940; age: 24; Religion: Roman Catholic. Signed up for the duration of war. Next of Kin: mother – Mrs Margaret Bowen, of 65, Boston Avenue, Toronto. Height: 5ft 4ins, fair complexion, blue eyes & fair hair.

Hobbies & Pastimes: Rugby, Hockey, Wrestling & Baseball.

References:

Mr. Murray, a Police Officer, 71, Boston Avenue, Toronto.

Mr Lawrence, 67, Boston Avenue, Time Keeper.

 

Rank: Flight Sergeant/Wireless Operator/Air Gunner; Service Number: R65785.

Regiment: Royal Canadian Air Force, 102 (R.A.F.) Squadron.

 

Grave Reference:

C.31.24.

Ipswich Old Cemetery,

Ipswich.

 

Relatives Notified & Address: Son of William & Margaret Bowen, of Toronto, Ontario, Canada; husband of Elsie Ada Bowen, of Toronto.

 

CENSUS

 

1921   230, Gerard Street, Ward 2, Toronto East, Ontario, Canada.

 

Lawrence was 5 years old and living with his parents, brothers, sister-in-law and nephew.

William Albert Bowen, 41, an Engineer, born Belleville, Ontario.

Margaret Bowen (nee McEvoy), 43, born Belleville.

Eugene Wilfred Bowen, 16, a Bell Boy, born Toronto.

Leonard Bowen, 12, a Student, born Toronto.

Frank Bowen, 11, a Student, born Toronto.

Clarence Alexander Bowen, 18, a Labourer, born Toronto.

Winifred Bowen (nee Bontoft), 17, born Toronto.

William Bowen, 11 months, born Toronto.

Lawrence’s father was a Methodist, the rest of the family were Roman Catholic.

 

Lawrence attended:

St. Joseph’s Public School.

De La Salle College – “Oaklands” – Chemistry & Ancient History.

Eastern Commence – Shorthand & Bookkeeping.

 

While at the 4th Bombing School, Jarvis, Ontario, Lawrence sought permission from his Commanding Officer to marry Elsie Dezorzi. He had previously asked in Montreal – 15th November 1940. Letters were sent to Elsie’s parish church to determine her character and that of her family. Permission was granted.

 

On the 26th December 1940, Toronto, Ontario, Lawrence married Elsie Ada Dezorzi. Ceremony performed by the Rev. J.F. Kehoe.

 

On the 14th October 1941, Mrs Elsie A. Koslosonek (formerly Bowen), received her late husband’s Memorial Cross (engraved 6th October 1941).

On the 25th October 194, Elsie received the Royal Message.

At her home of 138, Sorauren Avenue, Toronto 3, Ontario, Elsie received the Memorial Bar on the 25th April 1949.

 

 

3rd September 1941

 

Aircraft: Armstrong Whitworth Whitley; Serial Number: Z6946, took off at 20:56 from R.A.F. Topcliffe, North Yorkshire on the 3rd September 1941 bound for Frankfurt, Germany. On the return journey from the bombing operation, the aircraft caught electric cables and crashed at 03:55 in to two houses in Rectory Lane, Kirton, Suffolk, bringing down the overhead cables and fracturing a water main. The aircraft bounced off ‘June Cottage’ (slightly injuring a 4 year old girl), and ‘The Haven’ and landed in the garden.

CREW:

Seward Terry Modeland; Flight Sergeant/Pilot; age 19; R.C.A.F.

Jackson Corwin Nixon; Pilot Officer/Air Observer; age 23; R.C.A.F.

Alexander Frederick Jaggers; Sergeant/Wireless Operator/Air Gunner: age 21; R.A.F.V.R.

Donald Machell Bozer; Sergeant/2nd Pilot; age 25; R.C.A.F.

Lawrence Milbert Bowen; Flight Sergeant/Wireless Operator/Air Gunner; age 26; R.C.A.F.

 

The Canadian crew members, Donald Bozer, Lawrence Bowen, Jackson Nixon and Seward Modeland were laid to rest at the Field of Honour, Ipswich Old Cemetery. Alexander Jaggers was laid to rest at the Brookwood Military Cemetery, Surrey.

 

In thankful remembrance five pews to each of the five crewman were installed at St. Mary & St. Martin Church, Kirton, Suffolk. The pews were made from English oak and designed by Mr. Allan Woolnough. A Dedication Service was held on the 4th June 1950, at 3pm. Officiating Ministers, Archdeacon of Ipswich The Venerable T.R.Browne, The Reverend W.J.S. Weir, Rector of Kirton & Falkenham and Pastor F.J. Burton, Congregational Minister.

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