BOWERS Rupert William Michael
Regiment : 2nd Battalion Mercian Regiment
Service number : 25220805
Conflict : Afghanistan
Date of death : Killed in action aged 24 on 21st March 2012
Buried : St Bartholomew’s Churchyard, Moreton Corbet, Shropshire, England. Commemorated on the Armed Forces Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire, England
Relatives : Husband of Victoria Bowers
Memorial : Stourbridge Old Swinford Hospital School
Additional information on the memorial: The Mercian Regiment. Afghanistan Killed in action, 21st March 2012. Age 24.
Captain Rupert Bowers was born on 29th July 1987 in Wolverhampton. After leaving school in 2005 he entered the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. In April 2007 he was commissioned into the 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment and joined his regiment for a tour in Afghanistan where his actions resulted in him being Mentioned in Dispatches. After returning from Afghanistan he deployed on exercises in Jamaica and Kenya before being deployed to Afghanistan. He was home on leave in February 2012 when his wife, Victoria, gave birth to their first child, a baby boy they named Hugo. On 21st March 2012 he was leading a patrol to clear a position of the threat of insurgents when he was killed in the blast from an improvised explosive device.