TR5/22512 Cpl John Bowker, 6 Bn, 2nd Reserve Bde, Training Reserve.
Born in Langcliffe, Yorkshire in 1879, John was an old soldier who had originally enlisted into the 1/East Lancs in 1897 and saw service in the Boer War. After serving for seven years, he joined the West Riding Constabulary with which he remained before re-enlisting into the army (21st Bn, West Yorkshire Regiment) in 1914. After being badly gassed on the Somme, he was returned to the UK and, later, transferred to the Training Reserve at Rugeley Camp. Constantly suffering from the effects of the gas, John fell ill and died in hospital at Rugeley on 10 July 1917. He is now buried in Elland Cemetery, Yorkshire.
10 July 1917
Research by David O'Mara, Croonaert Research Services.