Rank: Private
Number: 52430
Unit: 15th Battalion CHESHIRE REGIMENT
Date of Death: 23 January 1918
Cemetery: Cement House Cemetery, Langemarck, Belgium

Nothing is known for certain about Harry's life, other than Regimental records indicate he had been born in Stockport and enlisted in the town. He is probably the 8 year old Harold Bowers listed in the 1901 Census as living in the town. The Census suggests that this boy's his father was Mark Bowers, then aged 41, who had been born in Appleby, Lincolnshire and who worked as a cotton spinner. His mother will have been Martha Bowers, also aged 41 in 1901. She had been born nearby in Bollington, Cheshire. Lily and Samuel Bowers, both aged 15, were probably his sister and brother.

Harry's service number indicates that he was conscripted into the Army towards the end of 1916. January 1918 was a relatively quiet time for the Cheshires and there is no indication, in the Battalion's records, of what might have happened to him on the day he was killed. Most of the burials at Cement House Cemetery, including Harry and the other two soldiers killed the same day, were brought there after the war. Harry would have originally been buried very close to where he died. After the war, many of these small front-line burial areas were closed as the land was returned to civilian use and the bodies re-interred in larger "concentration" cemeteries.

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