Saturday, 15 August 2015

Death of Captain Bowers of Sandy

Sunday 15th August 1915: Lieutenant-Colonel Maunsell Bowers and his wife Catherine of Beeston Grange, Sandy heard this morning that their son Captain Arthur Hugh Mansell Bowers had been killed. They received news on Friday that he was wounded and missing, and their worst fears have now been confirmed. Captain Bowers joined the 1st Durham Light Infantry in 1900 after leaving Sandhurst. He served in South Africa from 1900-1902, winning the Queen’s Medal with two clasps and the King’s Medal, and in India from 1902-1908. He transferred to the 2nd Durham Light Infantry and went to France with the Expeditionary Force in September 1914. It is believed he was killed at Hooge on Monday 9th August. Thirty five year old Captain Bowers leaves a widow and two small daughters. He has been described as “an exceedingly affable and nice gentleman” and his loss has aroused great sympathy in Sandy for his family. A memorial service will be held at Sandy Parish Church on Friday evening.

Sources: Biggleswade Chronicle; Du Ruvigny’s Roll of Honour

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