John Edward BOWERS
Rank: Private
Number: 29603
Unit: 16th Battalion CHESHIRE REGIMENT
Date of Death: 8 September 1916
Age: 27
Cemetery: Habarcq Communal Cemetery Extension, Pas de Calais, France

John's birth was registered at Stockport between January and March 1889. By the time of the 1901 Census, the family were living in Cheadle Hulme. John's father, James Bowers was then aged 34 and working as a cotton spinner. His mother, Edith, was 32. Also listed are his brothers and sisters - Edith (3), Elizabeth (10), James (1), Joseph, (14) and May (8). John was 12.

By the time he enlisted, in September 1915, John was married and living at 5 Peter Street in the Portwood area of town. He worked locally as a cotton doubler at Weir Mill, Chestergate.

John is reported to have been injured on 6 September 1916. He would have received attention from the Battalion's Medical Officer and, a little later, at an Advanced Dressing Post. He was still in the process of being evacuated down the casualty chain when he died. It has not been possible to establish what might have happened to him as the Battalion's War Diary makes no specific reference to 6 September. At the end of September, the Diary records "This part of the line particularly quiet. Trenches in very dilapidated condition and occupied all the time in renovating and repairing. Wiring parties out each night along whole frontage. The enemy shows very little activity except with trench mortars with which he is well equipped." It's possible that John was wounded by shrapnel from one of the mortar shells.

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