Frederick Cecil Bowles portrait

Frederick Cecil Bowles

Surname: Bowles
Other names: Frederick Cecil
Other people in this story:
Sarah Ann Bowles
Locations in this story:
France & Flanders
Varennes Military Cemetery, Varennes, Somme, France
Enmore Green, Shaftesbury
Motcombe, Dorset
Heywood Garage, Westbury, Wiltshire
Lower Langham, Gillingham, Dorset
Gillingham, Dorset
Rochester, Kent
Shaftesbury Workhouse, Breach Lane

Frederick Cecil Bowles was born and registered in 1895 in Shaftesbury as Cecil Frederick Bowles but was baptised in Gillingham on 17th January, 1896 with the christian names reversed. His mother, Sarah Ann Bowles, was described in the Parish Register as a 'single'woman'. By 1901 Sarah was living at Lower Langham, Gillingham with her father and her three children. At the time of the 1911 Census Frederick was boarding and working as a domestic gardener at Heywood Garage, Westbury, Wiltshire, whilst his mother had by then entered Shaftesbury Workhouse in Breach Lane. He enlisted in Rochester, Kent, as a Private in the 8th Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment) (Service No. G/1906). He served in France & Flanders and was awarded the Victory, British War and 15 Star medals. He died of wounds on the Somme on 5th August 1916 and was buried at Varennes Military Cemetery, Varennes, Somme, France, (grave id. I.A.5). He is remembered on the war memorials at Motcombe and Enmore Green, Shaftesbury.

  • Names on Enmore Green War Memorial
  • Enmore Green War Memorial 01
  • Names on Motcombe War Memorial 1
  • Motcombe War Memorial 4
  • Motcombe War Memorial 01
  • Motcombe War Memorial 02
  • Frederick Cecil Bowles memorial scroll
  • Frederick Cecil Bowles memorial plaque
  • Frederick Cecil Bowles medals
  • Frederick Cecil Bowles medals reverse
  • Frederick Cecil Bowles grave
  • Frederick Cecil Bowles

Links to related web content / sources:
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
The National Archives