Regiment : 219th Company Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)
Service number : 84339
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : 8th September 1917
Buried : Zuydcoote Military Cemetery, France, Grave I. C. 28.
Relatives : Son of Mrs E. Bowen, 13 King Street, Wollaston, Stourbridge, Worcestershire
Memorial : Stourbridge War Memorial
Also appears on : Stourbridge Hanbury Hill Baptist Church. Wollaston St James's Church.
Credits : Researched by The Black Country Society.
Edward Bowen lived with his parents at 13 King Street, Wollaston. He attended the Baptist Chapel in Hanbury Hill and was employed at Turneys as a leather dresser. His brother was the manager of the County Express. He enlisted in the Worcesters and probably in 1917 he was transferred to the Machine Gun Corps. He was posted to 219 Company which came up to the front line for the start of Third Ypres on 31st July 1917. Edward was seriously wounded in the attack and was taken to a Casualty Clearing Station near Dunkerque. He died there on the 8th August. In a letter from Turneys to his father the manager said they ‘had heard with deepest sorrow of the death of their old and esteemed shopmate’, while the pastor at the Baptist Chapel made sympathetic reference at the Sunday service to his death and the Wesleyan Chaplain at the front assured him that ‘he had passed away peacefully’.