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285001   Private Joseph Bowman
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Dated added: 01/01/2016   Last updated: 12/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 1st / 6th Battalion, Gordon Highlanders (British Army)
Died: 14/04/1917 (Died of Wounds)
Age: 21
Joseph Bowman was the son of Joseph and Bessie Bowman. He was born about 1896 in Dalmuir, Dunbartonshire, Scotland. Joseph’s parents moved to Drumrainey, Magherafelt. Private Joseph Bowman was serving with the 1/6 Battalion of the Gordon Highlanders when he died on 14th April 1917. He was 21 years old. Private Bowman is buried in Etaples Military Cemetery, France. Joseph’s younger brother Andrew also died in the war. He too served with the Gordon Highlanders.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Etaples Military Cemetery
  Etaples, Pas De Calais
Grave Ref: Grave XXII-J-27A
CWGC Casualty 499264
Étaples is a town about 27 kilometres south of Boulogne. The Military Cemetery is to the north of the town, on the west side of the road to Boulogne. During the First World War, the area around Étaples was the scene of immense concentrations of Commonwealth reinforcement camps and hospitals. It was remote from attack, except from aircraft, and accessible by railway from both the northern or the southern battlefields. In 1917, 100,000 troops were camped among the sand dunes and the hospitals, which included eleven general, one stationary, four Red Cross hospitals and a convalescent depot, could deal with 22,000 wounded or sick. In September 1919, ten months after the Armistice, three hospitals and the Q.M.A.A.C. convalescent depot remained.
References and Links
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1 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
2 Private Andrew Bowman Brother of Private Joseph Bowman
3 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Private Joseph Bowman's grave can be purchased here
Magherafelt District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2014-2023