Alfred Bowler Family



Village memories: Little Marlow (picture from SWOP website)

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PRIVATE /14696 10th BATTALION HAMPSHIRE REGIMENT
DIED 01 SEPTEMBER 1918 AGED 40YRS
REMEMBERED WITH HONOUR KARASOULI MILITARY CEMETERY
GREECE. GRAVE REF .C.667

Alfred was born in Darvills Hill near Speen in Buckinghamshire on 27th Nov 1878. His parents were Amos & Rebecca who moved their family to The Ferns, Little Marlow.
His mother’s maiden name was Barrett. Alfred had an older brother James, and three younger brothers, George, Walter and William and a sister Kate who was the youngest child. His father Amos was a farm labourer and his brother James worked in the local mill. In 1901 Alfred was also a farm worker.
In 1901 Alfred’s uncle Hezekiah Bowler worked and lived at Pigeon House Farm and also lived at one time at the cottages called The Ferns, Little Marlow. His son John, Alfred’s first cousin was also killed in WW1. It is also likely that Frederick Bowler from Wooburn who also died in WW1 was another cousin.
Amos and Rebecca are buried in Little Marlow Cemetery and their married daughter Kate is buried next to them despite living in Reading , Berkshire when she died .
Alfred married Georgina Witney in 1910 and on the 1911 Census they are living with her parents in Flackwell Heath with a baby.
In 1906 Alfred was a regular soldier and was “absent from Tattoo roll call until found in the town at 9.30pm on 24/10/06”. He was given a good telling off my Major Cobb. He was with the 3rd Battalion of the Oxfordshire Light Infantry at this time. The 10th Battalion was raised in late 1914 as one of “Kitchener’s Battalions. They fought alongside the 8th Battalion at Sulva, Gallipoli in 1915.
Alfred died while in action in the Balkans on 01 September 1918 at Roche Noir in northern Greece during the final offensive in 1918. He is also remembered on the Little Marlow Memorial, the Little Marlow school memorial and the Wycombe Hospital Memorial. His name also appears on the High Wycombe Roll of Honour. In November 2012 his great nephew’s wife was able to send evidence to the CWGC to change the name of his father from Daniel to AMOS on his memorial record. This has been agreed.




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