Percy Reginald Bowles

Percy Reginald Bowles ©

Percy Reginald Bowles ©

Date of birth: 1900
Place of birth: Forest Gate
Service No.: 85238  (formerly Tr / 7 / 24595)
Rank: Private
Regiment: London
Battalion: 22nd (formerly 53rd TR Battn. Warwicks)
Died: 26th August 1918 aged 18 years
Death location: France





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Life before the War
Percy’s father, Ephraim Charles, was born in 1877, Tillbury, Essex.  He passed away in1944 leaving a Probate, naming his second wife, son and daughter:

“Bowles Ephraim Charles of 44 Westridge Road Southampton died 6 August 1944 at 1 Botley Road West End Hampshire. Probate Llandudno 4 October 1944 to Adeline Flora Bowles widow Eph Gordon Bowles engineer and Jeanie Violet Irene Serpell (wife of Donald Walter Thomas Serpell). Effects £1766 2s 3d”

Percy’s mother was Caroline Jane, nee Serpell, was born in 1872 Sheviock, Cornwall and died in 1924.  His parents married in 1898 in the district of West Ham, Essex.

After Caroline died, Ephraim married again to Adeline Flora Izod in 1933, Southampton.  She died on 6th June 1965 leaving £685 to Iris Edwina Grace Izod spinster.

Percy, with his parents, lived at Bellevue Road, Wivenhoe, Essex as documented on the 1901 census return. His father was a Master Mariner of the Seas.

By 1911 Percy had a brother and a sister:

Eph Gordon born 4th October 1902 and died in 1972.  Married Mabel Violet Florence Nudds in 1927.

Jeanie Violet Irene born 1909.  Married Donald Walter Thomas Serpell.

All the siblings were living with their mother at the same address as in 1901.  Their father was living aboard the S. Y. Abona as a Master Mariner Crew Member; the ship was docked at Fays Yard, Northam, Southampton.


War Service

Old Tauntonians’ Memorial Roll

Time at Taunton’s School: 1911 – 1914

Education and Employment: Percy was born in Forest Gate and his early education took place in Wivenhoe, Essex. His family moved to Southampton in 1911 where Percy joined Taunton’s Trade School.  He won prizes for Design, Art and Attendance.

Life during the war: Percy continued to support the football team after he left and frequently attended matches with other Old Boys.  Percy enlisted in Southampton and served with the Royal Fusiliers.  He was later attached to the 2nd Battalion of the London Regiment.  He died during the Allies’ recapturing of Marincourt from the German army in August 1918.

Percy died on 26th August 1918 aged 18 years.


Personal Effects – as next of kin his father received a payment of £4 9s 4d which was owed to his son, on the 31st December 1918, with a further payment relating to a War Gratuity of £3 on 15th December 1919.

Peronne Road Cemetery, Marincourt, France

Peronne Road Cemetery, Marincourt, France

Percy is Remembered with Honour at the Peronne Road Cemetery, Marincourt, France. He has a headstone with his name with a central cross.  Their memorial register reads:

“Bowles, Pte. P. R., 85238. Royal Fusiliers, attd. 2nd/2nd Bn. London Regt. (R. Fus.). 26th Aug., 1918. Plot Reference II. F. 21.

For his service to his country, Percy was entitled to the British War and Victory Medals.



Researcher: Becky Lonergan
Published: 19th July 2015
Updated: Insert dates here

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