Bowes, Victor Harold (1893-1915)
[For family background, see Bowes, Reginald]
Victor Bowes was born in Chatham on 18 January 1893. He followed his father into the regular army and at the time of the 1911 census he was aged 18 and was a private in the Army Ordnance Corps (AOC or armourers). He was staying in a widow’s boarding house at Enfield Lock, which must have been a billet, as four other soldiers of the same rank and age as Victor were staying there also. The Royal Small Arms Factory was in Enfield Lock. AOC recruits were tasked with repairing and maintaining arms and munitions.
By the time of his death aged 22 Victor was a staff sergeant in the AOC. He was attached to the 8th battalion of the Royal Scots. His death is commemorated on the Le Touret memorial for soldiers who have no known grave, which is in the Pas de Calais region of France. The date of Victor’s death – 10 March 1915 – and location of the memorial suggest that he died in the Battle of Neuve Chapelle. His service number was A/1236. His page on Every Man Remembered is here.
1911 England Census [database on-line]. Class: RG14; Piece: 7434; Schedule Number: 346
Find A Grave Index for Burials at Sea and other Select Burial Locations, 1300s-Current[database on-line].