Private (Signaller) 41089
11th Battalion Manchester Regiment
Killed in action at Epinoy on Thursday 3rd October 1918 aged 23.
George was killed by shellfire while holding an outpost in the frontline.
Epinoy was captured by the 11th (Northern) Division on Wednesday 27th September 1918 and the cemetery was made by fighting units after the battle.
During the First World War being a signaller usually meant you were close to the frontline troops, providing signals communications back to your Company and Battalion H.Q. Wired telephones were used where possible but this involved laying landlines which was a hazardous job due to enemy shelling.
Previous Service Number: 44441, North Staffordshire Regiment, served with the 3rd Battalion, followed by the 8th Battalion before being transferred to the Manchester Regiment.
He is buried in the Sucrerie Cemetery Epinoy France.
George was the son of Joseph Bowmer a Quarryman and Anne Rebecca Bowmer, of The Hollies, The Green Heage. George was born at Heage.
Before enlisting in May 1916 George was an assistant at the Heage branch of the Ripley Co-operative Society.
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