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Alfred John Bowers, Age 40

Private, 23853, 7th Battalion, King's Shropshire Light Infantry.

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K.S.L.I Regiment Cap Badge.

Alfred was the son of Mr William and Esther Bowers of 37 King Street, Dawley and the brother of Frederick William Bowers of Crown Street. He had before enlistment worked for Messrs. J. Sankey and Sons of Hadley and also for many years was in the service of Mr J. Clayton. He was a keen sportsman and was a member of Wellington St John Ambulance Corps as well as an ex-scholar of the Wesleyan Sunday school at Lawley Bank.

Alfred had only enlisted in March 1916 and was in training at Pembroke docks for 15 weeks before joining his battalion in France. On 18th August 1916 he and his battalion were under the orders of 76th Brigade, The 7th KSLI supported an attack by the 13th Royal Welsh Fusiliers at Maltzhom Farm which lay south of Trones wood and Guillemont on the Somme.

Alfred was killed in action during this assault whilst trying to carry a wounded man back to safety, his body was never found and he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Panels 12A & 12D

Wellington Journal & Shrewsbury News (18/08/1917)
BOWERS - In tenderest memory of our dear brothers, Private A. J. Bowers, K.S.L.I., killed whilst carrying in wounded, August 18th, 1916, at Albert, Somme; also Private F. W. Bowers, died from wounds, August 25th, at Casualty Clearing Station, May. "Their reward be as great as their sacrifice". - From father and sisters.

Wellington Journal & Shrewsbury News (25/08/1917)
BOWERS - In loving memory of Pte. A. Bowers, killed Aug. 18th 1916; Also Pte. H.W. Bowers, died of wounds Aug, 25th. - Sadly missed and silently mourned by their loving brother Harry.


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Victory Medal British War Medal