GEORGE BOWERS

 

Born: 4th April 1880, Harleston, Suffolk.

Died: 14th January 1915; age: 34; KiA in the trenches.

Residence: 58, Station Street, Stoke, Ipswich.

Occupation: laying the water pipe from Ipswich to Shotley. George was formerly employed by the Great Eastern Railway at the Goods Yard, and before that was at Stowmarket.

 

George had served in the South African Boer War with the Suffolk Regiment, 1st Battalion, he was ranked a Private, service number 4912 and was awarded the King’s South Africa Medal 1901 and 1902, plus Clasps – Cape Colony, Orange Free State and Transvaal.

 

Enlistment Location: Ipswich.

Date of Entry Therein: 10th October 1914.

 

Rank: Private; Service Number: 3/9217

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 2nd Battalion.

 

Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 Star + Clasp.

 

Memorial Reference:

Panel 21.

Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial,

West-Vlaanderen,

Belgium.

 

CENSUS

 

1891   Stanton Street, Norton, Suffolk.

 

George was 11 years old and living with his parents, siblings & widowed maternal grandfather.

William Bowers, 33, a Shepherd, born Westley, Suffolk.

Jane Anna Bowers (nee Talbot), 41, born Norton, Suffolk.

Samuel Bowers, 12, born Norton.

James Bowers, 11, born Harleston, Suffolk.

Henry Bowers, 9, born Harleston.

George Talbot, 68, born Norton.

 

1911   Tot Hill, Haughley, Suffolk.

 

George was 31 years old, a Nurseryman’s Labourer. He was married and living with his parents.

William, 59, a Shepherd on Farm.

Jane, 64.

 

1911   ‘The Beeches’ Walsham le Willows, Suffolk.

 

George’s wife was away working at the home of her employer – 60 year old, General Medical Practitioner, Malcolm Poignaud.

31 year old Agnes Bowers was the Poignaud’s Cook.

 

On the 18th July 1903, at Norton, Suffolk, George married, Agnes Peck, born May 1880, Norton, Suffolk – daughter of William Peck, a gardener, and Elizabeth Peck (nee James), of Hall’s Lane, Norton.

Agnes and George had three children:

William George Bowers, born September 1907, Hunston, Suffolk.

Dorothy Agnes Bowers, born November 1909, Norton, Suffolk.

Violet Margaret Bowers, born August 1912, Ipswich.

 

On the 3rd February 1920, Mrs. Agnes Glanfield, of 27, Norwich Road, Ipswich, applied for the 1914 Star and the Clasp in respect of the services of the late Private George Bowers.

 

Soldiers’ Effects to Agnes Glanfield – widow.

 

In January 1915, George’s sister, Mary Ann Florence Warren (nee Bowers, born 1876, Norton, and wife of William John Warren, a milkman), was notified by a letter that her brother had been killed.

 

Evening Star – Friday, 29th January 1915 – IPSWICH MAN KILLED IN ACTIONInformation has been received by his widow of the fact that Private George Bowers, of the 2nd Suffolks, was killed in action on the 14th January. Private George Bowers, who took part in the South African war, was 34 years of age, and leaves a widow and three children, who are residing at 58, Station Street, Stoke, Ipswich. George was formerly employed by the Great Eastern Railway at the Goods Yard, and before that was at Stowmarket. His last employment was in laying the water pipe from Ipswich to Shotley.

Lieutenant H. G. Winton, of A Company, 2nd Suffolk Regiment, has written as follows to Mrs. Mary Ann Florence Warren, of Walsham le Willows, Suffolk, a sister of the deceased: –

“dear Madam, I regret to inform you of the death of your brother. He was killed in the trenches on the 14th January. His letter to you I found on him, so I am forwarding a short note to sympathise with you and his family in your great bereavement. Your brother was one of my most trustworthy men, and I regret his loss very much. We buried him with a comrade near the place where he fell, but I regret to say I cannot tell you the place yet.”

 

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