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Two members of our Bowler family were killed in World War 1, brothers Edward James Bowler and Thomas Stanley Bowler (also known as Stanley Thomas).

Edward and Thomas were both the sons of John and Mary Ann Bowler and the family lived at Postcombe near Lewknor in Oxfordshire.


Edward was killed on the 9th August 1916, he was a Private in the 2nd Battalion of the Hampshire Regiment, number  18212. He is buried at Poijze Chateau Wood Cemetery. He was only 25 years old.


Thomas was killed on the 20th October 1916, he was a Private in the Royal Berkshire Regiment number 15761. He is buried in Vermelles British Cemetary Pas de Calais. He was only 21 years old.


Edward and Thomas are also remembered on the World War 1 Memorial in St Margaret's Church Lewknor.



They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them


NOTE:- Both Thomas and Edward are to be included in the Roll of Honour read out at the Tower of London on 9th September 2014, more details on the Roll of Honour can be found here    

A video of the reading is now available online at http://poppies.hrp.org.uk/roll-of-honour/9th-september/  the Bowler brothers are mentioned at about 4m 35s into the video.

Edwards entry on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website can be found here

Thomas entry on the Commonwealth War Grave Commission website can be found here

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