Herbert Bowley

Memorial: Stoke Gifford

Regiment: Monmouthshire Regiment

Medals: 1914–15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Rank and number: Corporal 1296

Parents: Halford and Eliza Bowley

Home address: Stoke Gifford, Bristol

Pre-war occupation: Coal Hewer

Date of birth: 1894

Place of birth: St. Thomas, Bristol

Date of death: 11/05/1915

Buried/Commemorated at: Poelcapelle British Cemetery (Ref LV. C. 18.), Langemark, Belgium LV. C. 18.

Age: 21

Further information:

Herbert worked as a Hewer of Coal at Powell's Tillery Steam Coal Co Pit C in Abertillery.

Herbert served with the 3rd Battalion, Monmouthshire Regiment and was Killed in Action on 11 May 1915 and is Commemorated at Poelcapelle British Cemetery (Ref LV. C. 18.), Langemark, Belgium .

Poelcapelle (now Poelkapelle) was taken by the Germans from the French on the 20th October, 1914, entered by the 11 division on the 4th October, 1917, evacuated by the British in April 1918 retaken by the Belgians on the 28th September 1918, one of the battles of Ypres.

Herbert was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal, also called the Inter-Allied Victory Medal. The British War Medal was issued for services between 5th August 1914 and 11th November 1918. It was automatically awarded in the event of death on active service before the completion of this period. Also the 1914–15 Star, a campaign medal of the British Empire that was awarded to officers and men of British and Imperial forces who served in any theatre of World War I against the Central European Powers during 1914 and 1915. It was never awarded singly and recipients were also awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal, 1914 1915 Star Medal.

By kind permission, this information is based on the following source(s):

1st Stoke Gifford Scouts. Forces War Records and CWGC