Private 2235 Reuben Walter Bowler
1/5th Battalion Leicestershire Regiment. Previous Regimental Number 2235
Died of wounds on the 8th September 1915 in the France and Flanders Campaign aged 22 years.
Private Bowler is buried in the Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Grave V111.B.77 Gravestone inscription "GOD BE WITH YOU TILL WE MEET AGAIN"
Son of Jacob and Priscilla Bowler. Brother to Sarah A, Martha, Albert Henry, Hubert Edgar, Jacob Leonard, Robert Percy, Kathleen E, Evelyn J H, Frank L V and Doris W. The family lived at Dobb Hall, Rothley at the time of Reuben's death. His brothers Albert Henry Bowler and Robert Percy Bowler were also killed in action and two others wounded.
Named on the War Memorial, Parish Church Roll of Honour, Parish Church Triptych Roll of Honour.
The War Diary for the 8th September 1915 records:
Battn. proceeded to trenches and relieved the 4th Battn. Lincolnshire Regiment. Complete 10.30pm. Distribution: 49. C. Coy. 50. and 50.S.B. Coy. A1 and 50. S.D. Coy.A2 and A3. A. Coy
Casualty Form giving details of death
Original details of gun shot wounds to the head on the 1st September followed by death on the 13th September 1915
Rueben's gravestone in the Boulogne Eastern Cemetery. 2012
The gravestones are laid flat due to the ground conditions. The cemetery is beautifully tended. 2012
BOULOGNE EASTERN CEMETERY
Bologne Eastern Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. 2012
WE WILL REMEMBER THEM