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WWI M.C. GROUP WITH DEATH PLAQUE & MEMORIAL SCROLL TO 2.LIEUT. T. BOWKER, M.G.C.

Military Cross with reverse to 2nd Lieut. T. Bowker, M.G.C. Vaulx Vraucourt, Mar 23-25 1918; 1914-15 Star to 576 Dvr. T. Bowker, R.E.; WWI War Medal to 2.Lieut. T. Bowker; WWI Victory Medal with M.I.D. Oak Leaf to 2.Lieut. T. Bowker.; Death Plaque to Tom Bowker, Accompanied by Memorial Scroll to 2.Lieut. Tom Bowker, Machine Gun Corps, M.I.D. Certficificate to 2nd Lt. T. Bowker, 244 Coy., Machine Gun Corps and Military Cross citation.
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£2,350.00
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Military Cross Gazetted 16 Sep 1918: "Near Vaulx Vraucourt from March 23rd to 25th 1918, this Officer displayed great courage and initiative whilst in command of an advanced machine gun section. On several occassions, when the infantry were ordered to withdraw to fresh positions, he kept his guns in action in advance of the infantry line effectively covering their movement, and then again brought his guns into action in fresh positions. When relieved he voluntarily returned to the trenches and took charge of a party of infantry who were without an officer and successfully reorganised a portion of our front line. His magnificent fighting spirit throughout the operations is deserving of the highest commendation." M.I.D. 7 Apr 1918.

Tom Bowker was born at Ancoats, Manchester, on the 31st October 1892, the second of four sons of Thomas and Rachel Bowker (nee Tucker), living at 3 Dunoon Street, Manchester and 9 Partridge Street, Old Trafford, and working as a Stationery Clerk. In April 1912 Bowker joined the Royal Engineers (Territorial Force) and gave his occupation as Printer. On the outbreak of the Great War in August 1914 he was 21 years of age and was mobilised along with other members of his unit, the 42nd Signal Company, Royal Engineers, part of the 42nd (East Lancashire) Division. On the 9 Apr 1918 the German forces launched another offensive just to the north of Arras, it was on the opening day that Tom Bowker was killed in action. An apparent account to the family by his batman refers to a shell landing near to him and killing him outright. Tom was initially buried at the German cemetery at Le Petit Mortier, six miles west of Armentieres. His family were informed that he was missing in action; his death was later confirmed on the 6th May 1918. Tom Bowker is now commemorated by a Special Memorial headstone in Rue Petillon Military Cemetery, France, close to where he was originally buried.

 

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