BOWYER, George

No.G/29014, Private, George BOWYER
Aged 34

8th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers
Killed in Action on Friday, 6th October 1916

George Bowyer was born in Kedington on 7thy June 1882(Risbridge Q3-1882 4A:551), baptised in St Peter and St Paul, Kedington on 10th September 1882, son of Elijah and Elizabeth BOWYER (née GARWOOD).

1891 census...Aged 8, he was at Union Road, Kedington with his father Elijah BOWYER [40] bricklayer; his mother Elizabeth [34]; brother David [11]; sisters Emily [5], Alice [3] and Emma M [4 months]. All were born in Kedington.

His mother died in 1897 and his father married widow Hermon Jane ARGENT (née BALDRY) in 1898

1901 census...Aged 18, he was at Union Road, Kedington with his father; stepmother Jane [50][ born Naughton, Suffolk; sisters Emily and Emma; brothers Harry [7] and Thomas [5], both born in Kedington.

His father died in 1909

1911 census...Aged 28, single, stone pit labourer, he was at School Road, Kedington with his widowed step-mother Hermon Jane; brothers Harry (stone pit labourer) and Thomas (farm labourer).

His mother was at Rectory Road, Kedington on the pension card.

His brother Harry died of his wounds serving in France in the Suffolk Regiment in 1917 see here

His brother Thomas was killed in action serving in France in the Suffolk Regiment in 1916 see here

He enlisted in Sudbury. His sole legatee was sister Emma May MAYES.

The Royal Fusiliers had four battalions side by side at the time, 8th, 9th, 26th and 32nd. They were pushing forward towards Transloy, gathering between High Wood and Le Barque preparing for an attack on BAYONET Trench on the 7th, which may account for the low casualties on 6th.

CWGC gives the toll for the 8th Royal Fusiliers as 6 killed

George was found here, identified by cross on grave

photo: Rodney Gibson

George Bowyer is buried in Bancourt British Cemetery, grave 9:A:14

click here to go to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website for full cemetery/memorial details

BACK to Kedington home page