Other names: Victor William Noel
Locations in this story: Dorchester, DorsetShaftesbury, DorsetFrance & FlandersChristchurch, HampshireNew Milton, Hampshire
Story: Victor William Noel Bowles was born in Dorchester, Dorset, on 25 Dec 1897 the son of William Thomas Bowles and Constance Helena Bowles (nee Harlock). He lived his early life at the Police Station, Fordington, Dorchester, Dorset, where his father was stationed. By 1911 he was living at the Police Station, Bell Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset, where his father had been promoted to Superintendent. Victor had attended at Shaftesbury Grammar School for part of his education. He enlisted on 6 Dec 1916 and joined the Royal Flying Corps (Royal Air Force from 1 Apr 1918) (Service No. 50619). He served in France and Flanders with the 71st Squadron from 27 Mar 1917 to 27 Jun 1919 being finally discharged on 30 Jul 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War Medals. He married Winifred Kate Batt in Christchurch, Hampshire, in 1923. He was appointed Assistant Superintendent of Traffic with the London Telephone Service in 1927. He died on 12 Aug 1991 when living in New Milton, Hampshire.