John Bowskill

John Bowskill

Name: John Bowskill

12th August 1894 - 26th May 1923

Place of Birth: Arlesey

Occupation: Book Binder

Division: 5th Battalion

Regiment: Bedford Regiment

Rank: Private

Buried: Arlesey Parish Churchyard, St. Peters

Person(s) placing the cross on behalf of the Arlesey Remembers You Project: Jim Bowskill 

Private John Bowskill

2808, Bedfordshire Regiment

John Bowskill was born in Arlesey in 1894 and died in 1923.

His parents were William and Rose Bowskill. He had three brothers -  William, James (Jim) and Alfred, and four sisters – Mrs May Preston, Mrs Martha Bathurst, Mrs E Hampshire and Mrs M Kitely.

In 1911 the Bowskill family were living in Church End Arlesey and John was working as a bookbinder. He joined the Army on the 4th March 1911 and was in the 5th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment.

On October 9th 1915 Jack was wounded in action, this was reported in the December 3rd edition of the Bedfordshire Gazette. John was wounded during the historic landings at Sulva Bay. He was first taken to Malta hospital before being taken to Brockelhurst. His wounds healed enabling John to return to work, this time at the Garden City Embroidery Works Factory in Letchworth.

In 1917 John, or Jack as he was known, married Rose Albon and their daughter Olive was born in 1918. Jack and Rose lived in Chase Cottage, Arlesey at the time.

His old wounds broke out again in 1923 and was taken to hospital in Cambridge where he was cared for for many weeks before passing away on May 26th. He is buried in an unmarked grave in the churchyard at St Peters Church in Arlesey.

by Kayla Ward

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