John Bowman

Private 285083
British War Medal, Victory Medal
1st/6th Battalion Artillery
Nothing is known for certain about Bowman’s military service. He was not entitled to the 1914-15 Star so did not reach a theatre of war until 1916 at the earliest. By this date it is possible he was a conscript and not a volunteer. It also seems possible that he did not choose the Gordon Highlanders, part of 51st (Highland) Division, but was drafted to them as part of reinforcements.
7th January 1881, Dennistoun, Glasgow
Death31st July 1917
Killed in action. Nothing is known about the circumstances of Bowman’s death. The Gordon Highlanders took part in the Battle of Pilckem Ridge, part of the first day of Third Ypres (Passchendaele).
BurialWood Cemetery, V. B. 7
John Bowman’s body and those of four companions, were exhumed from their temporary graves and reburied at Artillery Wood Cemetery in September 1919. Bowman’s body was identified by its ID disc.
Son of William Bowman, of Glasgow; husband of Margaret Napier Bowman, of 4, Dudley Drive, Hyndland, Glasgow.
William Bowman(c1840-1920) & Annie S Mclean(c1851-1928)
Music seller
William (1869-1897), James (1872-1915), Margaret S (1874-), Ann M (c1877-), Jessie J (1881-), Alice B (c1882-), Edith F (c1885-)
Margaret Napier married 1909, Partick, Glasgow
Not known
Optician’s assistant
9 Bellgrove Street, Dennistoun, Glasgow
Apsley Place, Gorbals, Glasgow
21 Apsley Place, Gorbals, Glasgow
12 Willowbank Street, Glasgow
Not known
Glasgow NecropolisCompartment Upsilon Lair 36
Scottish National War Memorial
Acknowledgements and Sources  Much of the information on which this profile is based is drawn from various internet sources which are listed below.  The Friends of Glasgow Necropolis also wish to make full acknowledgement and thanks for the permitted use of any information or images generously supplied specifically for exhibition, publication or display in connection with The Roll of Honour and accompanying profiles to Ancestry, and Find my past.   Commonwealth War Graves Commission   Family Search   Scotlands People   The Long, Long Trail   The Scottish War Memorials Project   6th Battalion Gordon Highlanders, War Diary June 1916 – September 1918. (TNA WO 95/2868/1) 6th Battalion Gordon Highlanders, War Diary June 1916 – September 1918. (TNA WO 95/2868/1)


Compiled by Morag Fyfe, Historical and Genealogical Researcher for The Friends of Glasgow Necropolis.

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