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Private W S T Bowen


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Private Wilfred Stanley Thomas BOWEN, L/11172, 10th Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, killed in action, Flanders, France, 21st September 1917, age 20. 

Born, Swanscombe, Kent, only son of Thomas W. and Annie Marie Bowen, of 66, Milton Road, Swanscombe, Kent.


1911 Census - 66, Milton Road, Swanscombe, Kent - Thomas W Bowen, head, age 45, married, engine fitter, chalk quarry, born Swanscombe, Kent; Annie M Bowen, wife, age 48, married 17 years, 2 children, both still alive, born Greenhithe, Kent; Ivy M V Bowen, daughter, age 15, single, born Swanscombe, Kent; Wilfred S T Bowen, son, age 14, single, born Swanscombe, Kent.


Enlisted Gravesend, Kent, age 18, height 5ft 4 inches, weight 136lbs, fair complexion, blue eyes, light brown hair, scar on left hand. Religion, Wesleyan. Formerly shell turner.

Home 17th January 1916 to 18th May 1916; BEF France 19th May 1916 to 2nd July 1916, Home 3rd July 1916 to 13th June 1917, BEF 14th June 1917 to 21st September 1917.

17th January 1916, enlisted; 19th January 1916, posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment; 23rd January 1916, posted 3rd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 17th February 1916, Chatham, continually absent from 6.15am Parade, 3 days confined to Barracks; 21st February 1916, Chatham, not getting his hair cut when ordered to do so, 5 days confined to Barracks; 22nd February 1916, Chatham, continually absent from 6.15am Parade, 7 Day confined to Barracks; 19th May 1916, posted 8th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 2nd July 1916, wounded, gun shot wounds, right knee, left hand, to Hospital Ship "St Denis" ex 3 Canadian Stationary Hospital, Boulogne; 2nd July 1916, posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment; 4th September 1916, posted 3rd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 28th May 1917, overstaying his pass from 4.00pm until 5.50pm 29th May 1917, deprived on 1 days pay, forfeits 2 days pay; 14th June 1917, posted BEF & 6th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 29th July 1917, posted 10th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 30th July 1917, joined Battalion.

16th June 1919, Statement of Relatives - Father, Thomas W Bowen, 66, Milton Road, Swanscombe; Mother, Annie Marie Bowen, 66, Milton Road, Swanscombe; Sister - Ivy M V Bowen, age 23, 66, Milton Road, Swanscombe.

Buried at  Hooge Crater Cemetery, XIII.E.12., Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.


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