Bowers, James

James Bowers, Private 290158, 1st/7th Bn. Cheshire Regt.
Killed in action 23rd July 1918 in France

 

EARLY LIFE

Son of Hannah Bowers (nee Potts), of 21 Pool St, Macclesfield, Cheshire, and her late husband, William Bowers.

 

MILITARY SERVICE

The death of Private James Bowers was reported in the Macclesfield Courier on 7 September 1918:

PRIVATE J BOWERS – Mrs Bowers, 21 Pool Street, has been officially notified that her son, Private James Bowers, Cheshire Regiment, was killed in France on July 23rd. Private Bowers, who had served seven years with the local territorials, was mobilised on the outbreak of the war. He was with the Battalion in the Dardanelles, Egypt, and Palestine, and was transferred to France a short time ago. He was educated at Lord Street School and attended the Sunday School and Park Street Chapel. Prior to the war he was employed by Mr Ledgard, coal merchant.

 

COMMEMORATION

Private James Bowers is buried at Raperie British Cemetery, in grave ref. II. A. 4. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private James Bowers, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.

In Macclesfield, Private James Bowers is commemorated on the Park Green, Town HallSt Michael’s Church and St George’s Church war memorials.

 

NOTES

 

SOURCES

GRO (England & Wales) Index: Births
Cheshire Parish Marriage Registers (Find My Past)St Peter’s Church, Macclesfield
Lives of the First World War website

Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Macclesfield Courier: 7 September 1918

 


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