Other names: Douglas Eric
Locations in this story: Coombe, Donhead St. Andrew, WiltshireLongfield Colony, SurreyDormansland, SurreyFrance & FlandersFarnham, Dorset
Story: Douglas Eric Bowra was born at Coombe, Donhead St. Andrew, Wiltshire, on 9 Apr 1896 the son of William Charles Bowra and Margaret Eliza Bowra (nee Ingram). Shortly after his birth the family moved to Farnham, Dorset. Douglas enlisted on 20 Oct 1914 with the 185th and later the 18th Siege Battalions of the Royal Garrison Artillery eventually becoming a Bombardier (Service No. 47473). He served in France and Flanders where, on 29 Oct 1915, he received shrapnel wounds. He went on final leave to his, by then, parents home at Tucker House, Longfield Colony, Surrey, on 27 Jan 1919 when he became ill and died of influenza and pneumonia due to the effect of war service (per the citation) on 12 Feb 1919. The Army noted his demobilization officially on 1 Mar 1919. He was awarded the Victory, British and 1915 Star medals and laid to rest with a Commonwealth War Graves headstone at Dormansland (St. John) Churchyard in Surrey. The CWGC citation also notes that his brother, Claude Victor Bowra, was also killed during the conflict.