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Hi. I am researching 7035 SPR Herbert J Bowyer Royal Engineers. I know he was wounded probably at the end of the Gallipoli campaign "20.12.1915 GSW HEAD transferred to Alexandria HMAS ASSAYE" but I was looking for information on what unit he was in. Many Thanks  

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  Herbert's number indicates that he was in the 5th Siege Company, Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers {R.M.R.E.}. This information comes from Howard Williamson's 'The Great War Medal Collector's Companion Volume III.

  R.M.R.E. is one of the units mentioned in the recent book 'A Vital Endeavour - Military Engineering in the Gallipoli Campaign' by John Dixon {Helion}. I can highly recommend this book for anyone with an interest in military engineering.

 

Regards,

 

Alf McM

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 Interesting. There is also a 7035 Spr Herbert J Bowyer, enlisted 10.9.14 discharged 26.6.16  who was entitled to the silver war badge. The SWB  roll has  him as serving with West Lancs Divisional Engineers. They did not serve in Gallipoli but the East Lancs Divisional Engineers did. It might be worth further research in case there is a typo.

 

TR

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7035 Bowyer, Spr H is named in the Times Official Casualty List 25/01/1916 under RE wounded. He is one of seven from 2 (St Helens) W Lancs FC. I also have him on another document which is not to hand but as soon as I find it I will add an edit.

Brian

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I posted this partial list in 2017 in RE Sick and Wounded 1916 (post 133). The list can be found on Ancestry in the Service Record of 45153 Charles Joseph Pavey (pav 1130/3645). The name above H Bowyer is 6793 Moss, W H. He is one of the seven men of 2 WL FC named in the Times OCL 25/01/1916. He has a Service Record that shows he was admitted to hospital in Cairo on 18/12/1915.

Brian

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More research required on this one. Service and Pension records of the seven men show wounded in Gallipoli and there is a WD for 1/2 WL RE in Gallipoli (WO 95/4314/1-2). The Unit arrived at Cape Helles on 28/08/1915 and was attached to 42 Div RE.

Brian

EDIT: A good one, until I read the WD I had not realised that 1/2 West Lancs FC RE had served in Gallipoli. The WD of 42 Div CRE is no help, in fact there is nothing in it.

The list of wounded from the Times 25/01/1916 is:

Bowyer    7035 Spr H    -    In MH 106/1915 HS Assaye 20/12/1915 Unit shown as RE West Lancs.

Hatton     4742 Spr E    -    WO 364 under Ernest Hatton, W Lancs Regt - Medical report shows wounded 19/09/1915.

Jackson   6882 Spr W  -    SDGW D of W Gallipoli 20/12/1915 - WO 363 on FMP but I can not find on Ancestry.

Lowe       7332 Spr E    -    NFD

Meagher 5123 2/Cpl F -     WO 364 under Frank Meagher - AF B 103 shows w in a 10/12/1915.

Moss       6793 Spr W  -     WO 363 under William Henry Moss, 21044 West Lancs - AF B 103 shows w in a 18/12/1915. He is named in the WD 18/12/1915.

Rowse     6375 Spr C  -     WO 363 under Charles Rowse, 63 West - AF B 103 shows w in a 19/12/1915.

All the men were from the Widnes and St Helens area.

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Thank you all for the information . It has really helped in my research.  

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