13 March 1915 : Pte Christopher Richard Fowler

Born 27 February 1893 in London

Parents Arthur and Laura (née Pauling)

He was known as ‘Dick’ to his family and friends. He was one of nine children. 

Mayfield College, Sussex 1914

Educated at Xaverian College, Mayfield, Sussex and St. Edmund’s College, Old Hall, Ware.

A keen sportsman, Dick played cricket and football for Neasden Sports Clubs.

At the 1911 Census, age 18, Dick was living in Willesden at 22 Craven Park Road with the family and working as an apprenticed Printer and Bookbinder through the Stationers’ Company where his father also worked. Nine of them lived in an eleven roomed house: parents, six children and a housemaid.

12 Grange Park in 2008  (c) Google Street View  2021

At the time of enlistment the family were living at 12 Grange Park, Ealing. 

Dick enlisted on the outbreak of war in the Honourable Artillery Company. His enthusiasm and skill at football continued becoming ‘the heart and soul of the battalion football team’. 

The 1st Bn HAC served in France from 18 September 1914. 

During an attack on a German position on 13 March at around 4:30pm Dick was hit in the head by machine gun fire. He was returned, unconscious, by stretcher to the dressing station. He was seen by the clergyman Mr Peacey. 

Dick Fowler was buried a Loker Churchyard, nine miles from Ypres with a wooden cross erected with his name marked on it. 

Pte Christopher 'Dick' Fowler No.1465 1st Bn Honourable Artillery Company

Sources; De Ruvigny’s Roll of Honour, Census Returns, Middlesex County Times, 31 March 1915