Thursday, June 16, 2016

Some experienced soldiers meet their end

Two years int the Great War, men and resources were being used up. Two New Bradwell men, both of whom had done military service before 1914, sadly died in April and May 1916. 
Louis Kent had fought as a professional soldier in India on what was then known as the North West frontier. Frank Bowles had served in the Boer War in South Africa. Both men were in their early thirties and were called up as reservists at the outbreak of war in 1914.  The two reports below come from the Bucks Standard.
The youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Simon Kent, of 31, High Street, Stantonbury, was killed in action on April 5th. He was 34 year old Corporal Louis Victor Kent, of the 1st Royal Warwickshire Regiment, who, having always been interested in soldiering, was in his younger days a member of the Bucks Volunteer Corps. In fact in 1900, at the camp at Sandgate he had rescued a comrade from drowning, and in recognition of his bravery received the vellum of the Royal Humane Society. Subsequently he joined the regular Army, and in 1908 received the Indian North-West Frontier medal. After 16 years service he then left the Army, being presented by General Gatacre on his departure with a framed emblem of the Warwickshires. He then passed the necessary exams for the post of army schoolmaster, having a short time before received a first-class certificate for education. At the outbreak of war he was called up on the Reserve, and in the early days of hostilities took part in much hard fighting in France. At Neuve Chapelle he was wounded in the thigh, and was later drafted with the Indian Expeditionary Force. He leaves a widow (the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Cornhill, of Oxford-street, Wolverton, and formerly of Newport Pagnell) and two little girls. B.S. 1916 May 13th
With full military honours, Private Frank Bowles, of the 2nd East Kent Regiment (The Buffs), who died on the 15th inst. in a London hospital, from wounds received in action, was buried in Wolverton Cemetery on Saturday afternoon last. Aged 33, prior to the war Private Bowles lived with his wife at Stantonbury, where he was much respected. In civilian life he was employed in the electric shop of Wolverton Works, and being called up as a reservist at the outbreak of war, he saw a good deal of hard fighting in France and Flanders. He leaves a widow and two young children. B.S. 1916 May 27th

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