Military Medal Gazetted Meritorious Service Medal Gazetted 3 June 1919. George Bowyer was born in Cherry Hinton, Cambridge on 7 Sep 1879 and lived at The Briars, Blinco Grove, Cherry Hinton, working as a whitesmith. Enlisting with the 3rd (Cambridgeshire) Volunteer Battalion, Suffolk Regiment, Bowyer left for South Africa on 11 Feb 1900, taking part in the actions at Witpoort, Vlakfontein, Middleburg, Wit-Kop, Nelshoogte, Barberton and Vereeniging, before being discharged on 4 May 1901. Attesting with the Cambridgeshire Battalion, Territorial Force on 7 Apr 1908, Bowyer served until 6 Apr 1913, when he was transferred to the 1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment and promoted to the rank of Sergeant on 8 July 1913. Posted to France on 15 Feb 1915, Bowyer was then made Acting Company Sergeant Major of the Cambridgeshire Machine Gun Section on 20 May 1916 before being transferred into the Machine Gun Corps on 22 June 1916. The following extract is from 'The Cambridgeshires 1914-1919': "The Cambridgeshire Battalion machine gun teams had the honour of being amongst the first of the Cambridgeshires to enter the front line in 1915. On 14 March, several of the gun teams under the command of Lt. "Jack" Ollard were in the line around St. Eloi. In the afternoon, the Germans launched a surprise attack with waves of infantry rushing their positions. One gunner later recorded: 'Sergt. Bowyer did great execution with the machine gun. He stripped his tunic off, turned up his sleeves, and, cool as the proverbial cucumber, slipped into it. Lt. Ollard and Sergt. Bowyer, with their machine guns in trench S.9, had materially helped to stop the enemy advance, and had taken on and knocked out an enemy machine gun." Absorbed into the 118th Company Machine Gun Corps on 22 June 1916, Bowyer was awarded the Military Medal before joining the Tank Corps as Company Quarter Master Sergeant and was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal in the Peace Gazette 1919. He then re-attested with the 1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment on 4 Aug 1920, becoming Regimental Quarter Master Sergeant and earning the Territorial Force Efficiency Medal 2nd award clasp in 1924. Five years before Bowyer's death in 1969, he was interviewed by Erica Dimock for Cambridge News. Having been made Honorary Freeman of Cambridge, Bowyer recalled the development of Rock Estate which started in 1885: "Cherry Hinton Road was just a cart track between high hedges and deep ditches. I lived just outside the boundary of Cambridge, so I had to walk all the way to Cherry Hinton in order to get to school."