Charles Bowman

Rank Private
Service No G/3456
Date of Death 01/09/1916
Age 21
Regiment/Service The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment) 2nd Battalion
Memorial Thiepval Memorial, which commemorates the missing of the Somme, France. It lists the names of more than 72,000 officers and men of the UK and South African forces who died in the Somme sector before 20th March 1918 and have no known grave. Over 90% of those commemorated died between July and November 1916.


Charles was born in 1895 to Harry Bowman (b.1865), a general labourer, and his wife Charlotte, nee Hall (b.1872). He had three siblings, Elizabeth (b.1892), Harry (b.1894) and Kate (b.1895). Records show that the family lived at three different addresses in Manor Cottages, off Long Lane, Finchley. This has since been renamed Manor Cottages Approach, from before Charles’ birth until his death. All three of his siblings were baptised in St Paul's Finchley.

In 1911, aged 16, Charles was employed as a gardener’s assistant at the council recreation ground, his brother Harry was a builder’s warehouse assistant, and his sister Elizabeth had left home to work as a domestic servant. He enlisted in Finchley early in the war and was killed on 1st September 1916 in the battle of the Somme.