Regiment : 8th Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Service number : 305134
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : 1st July 1916 aged 21
Buried : Serre Road Cemetery No.1, France, Grave I. C. 14.
Relatives : Son of William John and Elizabeth Bowcott, of 6, York St., Stourport, Worcestershire
Memorial : Stourport War Memorial
Also appears on : Stourport High School formerly in Stourport Boys School. Kidderminster King Charles 1st School now in Kidderminster Register Office.
Credits : Additional information transcribed and researched by Adrian Carter.
Donald Bowcott is listed in “Stourport Men and the War” – a list of men serving, Kidderminster Shuttle, 19th December 1914.
“Stourport Man at Front”. Son of Mr Bowcott of Stourport. ‘Am getting on alright, ripping journey, 48 hours in a horsebox.’ – Kidderminster Shuttle, 3rd April 1915.
Donald was an old scholar of Stourport National Schools, afterwards attending Kidderminster Grammar School and Saltley College. At the outbreak of war he had just completed training as a teacher at Saltley College. He was posted missing on 1st July, 1916 and presumed dead in April 1917. His name recorded on his father’s headstone (died 1924) in Stourport Churchyard, grave F121.
Source for additional information: Kidderminster Times, 13th November 1915, Kidderminster Times, 5th August 1916, Kidderminster Shuttle 21st April 1917.
On the first day of the Battle of the Somme, the 8th Royal Warwicks attacked the Heiden Kopf, a German position north of Beaumont Hamel.
An obituary for Donald Bowcott appears in the Stourport Parish Magazine for May 1917.