Bowers, William Aubrey

He was the son of William Eli Bowers J.P and Alice, nee Blagg (of Barlaston Hall, Barlaston), of Caverswall Castle, Stoke-on-Trent, and entered Culverlea from Sandroyd School. He became Head of his House and a member of Senior Divison, Sixth Book; he played in Commoner VI in 1905 and kept goal for the School his last two years. He went up to New College, Oxford in 1906 and graduated with Honours in Classics and History.

Soon after leaving College he was elected a member of Staffordshire County Council and when war broke out obtained a commission in the 5th Batttalion of his county regiment. He died on July 2nd 1916, at Walincourt, aged 29, of wounds received the day before at Gommecourt in the first hours of the Battle of the Somme. He had been assisting one of his men carry a load of barbed wire when a shell exploded overhead and he was hit by shrapnel.

Mr. Bowers married in 1913 Miss Vera Aimee Latham and left one daughter, Penelope, born in January 1915. His widow erected a plaque and new choir-stalls in his memory in St Peter’s Church, Caverswall.

In 2008 the BBC Stoke and Stafford produced an article for their War Stories website, featuring Lt Bowers. It can be accessed here:

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Bowers
  • Forenames or initials: William Aubrey
  • House: G
  • Years in School: 1900-1906
  • Rank: Lieutenant
  • Regiment: North Staffordshire Regiment
  • Date of Birth: 22nd January 1887
  • Date of Death: 2nd July 1916
  • How Died: Died of Wounds
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer B5
  • Decoration: NA