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Private Daniel BOVIS, L/10174, 1st Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, killed in action, France and Flanders, 24th October 1914, age 17. 

Born 5th April 1895, Bodiam, Sussex, / Cowland, Robertsbridge, Sussex, son of David Bovis, (farm labourer), and Eliza Bovis, (daughter of James Harvey), of Angel Row, Sandhurst, Kent.

Educated Sandhurst Council School.


1911 Census - Back Road, Sandhurst, Kent - David Bovis, head, age 38, married, farm labourer, born Bodiam, Sussex; Eliza Bovis, wife, age 31, married 15 years, 6 children, all still alive, born Seddlescombe, Sussex; David Bovis, son, age 15, single, waggoners mate on farm, born Salehurst, Sussex; Daniel Bovis, son age 13, school, born Salehurst, Sussex; Ivy Bovis, daughter, age 10, school, born Bodiam, Sussex; Mary Bovis, daughter, age 8, born Sandhursrt, Kent; James William Bovis, son, age 5, born Sandhursrt, Kent; Margaret Kathleen Bovis, daughter, age 1, born Sandhurst, Kent.


Previously served in 5th Battalion, "The Buffs", Service No.1126. Formerly labourer. Enlisted 2nd April 1913, Hawkhurst, Kent, age 18, height 5ft 6½ inches. 27th July 1913 to 10th August 1913, Seaford, Annual Training.

Home 18th August 1913 to 13th August 1914; BEF 14th August 1914 to 24th Otober 1914.

Enlisted Hawkhurst, Kent, age 18 years 4 months, height 5ft 7½ inches, weight 133lbs, birth mark right side of navel, scar left side of forehead, mole back of right knee, mole back of right calf.  Resided Sandhurst, Kent. Formerly bricklayers labourer.

18th August 1913, enlisted;  31st October 1913, Maidstone, absent from Tattoo until 7.15pm on 3rd November, 5 days confined to Barracks, forfeits 4 days pay; 5th February 1914 to 13th February 1914, King George V Hospital, Dublin, tonsillitis;  14th August 1914, posted BEF.

He carried one of his wounded schoolfellows, who was in the same Company, about a mile and a half from the firing line to a place of safety, and was killed soon after getting back to the firing line.

7th July 1919, Statement of Relatives - Father, David Bovis, Angel Row, Sandhurst, Kent; Mother Eliza Bovis, Angel Row, Sandhurst, Kent; Brothers - David Bovis, age 22; James W Bovis, age 11; Sisters - Ivy Bovis, age 18?; Mary Bovis, age 16; Margaret Bovis, age 10; Lilian Bovis, age 7;  Dora Bovis, age 5; Violet Bovis, age 2½; Ethel May Bovis, age 5 weeks.

Commemorated at Le Touret Memorial, Panel 30 and 31, Pas de Calais, France.


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