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Frederick William Bowers, Age 35

Private, 18945, 1st Battalion, King's Shropshire Light Infantry.

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K.S.L.I Regiment Cap Badge.

Within a very short time more devastating news arrived at William and Esther's home when Frederick became another casualty of the Somme offensive of 1916, dying of wounds a mere week after his brother's death. He died of wounds at a casualty clearing station just behind the Front line on August 25th and according to the KSLI War diary on that day Auchonvilliers was heavily shelled and a dug out occupied by 'C Company stretcher bearers was hit.

Pte S Bache wrote home sometime after Frederick's death saying that he had visited a military cemetery and the only grave he happened to recognise was that of Fred Bowers of the Finger whose wife and 5 children lived next door to his own.

Bowers F B 18945 GS

Frederick lies buried at Puchevillers British Cemetery in Grave III.E.26.

Wellington Journal & Shrewsbury News (18/08/1917)
BOWERS - In tenderest memory of our dear brothers, Private A. 1. 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