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Pvt Lawrence R Bowles

Pvt Lawrence R Bowles

Plymouth, Grafton County, New Hampshire, USA
Death 31 Jul 1944 (aged 22)
Burial Plymouth, Grafton County, New Hampshire, USA
Memorial ID 59215800 · View Source
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Word was received Thursday of the death of Cpl. Lawrence R. Bowles who was killed in action in France on August 2nd. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Edgar C. Bowles of Campton, residents of Plymouth for many years received a telephone call from their daughter-in law from Santa Ana, Texas informing them she had just had a telegram from the War Department advising her of his death and a letter will follow.

Cpl. Bowles was born in Plymouth October 22, 1921 and attended Plymouth schools. About five years ago he moved to Campton with his parents where he was employed.
On March 17, 1942 he enlisted in Manchester and was at Fort Devens for four days then transferred to Fort Knox, Ky. where he remained five months. He was also at Pine Camp, N.Y., Nashville, Los Angeles and camp Bowie, Texas. He left this country in December 1943.
He was serving in a tank Division. Cpl. Bowie leave a wife, Dorris (McGhey) of Santa Ana, Texas whom he married last November in Brownwood, Texas, a brother Roland C. Bowles of Wonalancet and two sisters, Mrs. Homer Adams of Campton and Mrs. Fred W. Bailey of Meredith. Another brother, Malcolm was killed in an automobile accident twelve years ago. Much sympathy is expressed to the bereaved family in their great loss. >The Plymouth Record, September 7, 1944, p1.


Final tribute was paid Sunday afternoon to a veteran of World War II, Machine Gunner Pvt Lawrence R. Bowles of Plymouth who was killed in action July 31, 1944 in France. In spite of a freezing drizzle many people, including veterans of the last war, attended committal services held in Riverside Cemetery. The youth's father, Edgar Bowles, was attired in a military uniform of the Odd Fellows.

The military services were held under the auspices of the Pemigewasset Veterans Association. Rev. Deane L. Hodges, pastor of the Plymouth Congregational Church, who served as an Army chaplain in the last war, served as chaplain. Harold C. Freeman of the Durand-Haley Post American Legion was bugler. Bearers were Edward Raymond, Henry Boyce, Burton Allen, Lester Mitchell, Jr., Andrew Brands and Harland Quint.

Corwin S. Burghardt was in charge of color detail. Carrying the legion colors were Robert Burtt and Kenneth Hobart; and Ernest Risley and M. Langlois carried the colors of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Color guards were Milton Pettengill and Stanley Hadley. Malcolm MacKenzie was in command of the firing squad, member of which were Oscar Cushing, Thomas Morse, Fred Logan and Richard Simoneau. Burial was in charge of Samuel W. Gammons, funeral director. As the service came to a close, the flag was taken from the casket, folded by Harland Quint and Lester Mitchell, Jr., and presented to Rev. Deane Hodges, who gave it to the father of the youth, Edgar Bowles. >The Plymouth Record, 1950.

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  • Added: 26 Sep 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 59215800
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Pvt Lawrence R Bowles (22 Oct 1921–31 Jul 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 59215800, citing Riverside Cemetery, Plymouth, Grafton County, New Hampshire, USA ; Maintained by BL Hughes (contributor 46868943) .