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bowyer-albertThe son of Amy and Albert Edward Bowyer, Albert was born in Wolverhampton in 1893. In 1901, they were living at 66 Knox Road, Wolverhampton, along with Albert’s brothers Thomas, Sidney and Harry. Albert attended St Luke’s School, Blakenhall. They were living at 18B Hall Street, Blakenhall, Wolverhampton by 1911, with additional children Elsie, Hilda, Ernest and Amy. Albert was working as a cycle finisher, and at some point he worked at Sunbeamland, Paul Street, as a motor finisher.

In November 1914, Albert joined the “A” Battery of the 232nd Brigade of the Royal Field Artillery (number 1504, later 810098) as a Gunner. He first served in France in March 1915. He was killed in action on 1 June 1917. The Midland Counties Express on 16 June 1917 quoted from a letter that Albert’s officer had sent to his mother:

Your son was killed instantaneously within a few yards of me. He had just shown great bravery in assisting at the putting out of a fire. He was one of the very last to leave, and died doing even more than his duty. You may well be proud of him.”

He is buried at Klein-Vierstraat British Cemetery in Belgium.

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