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Vowler, John Arthur Geoffrey (1897-1917)

Sherborne School, UK, Book of Remembrance for former pupils who died in the First World War, 1914-1918.

 

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Credit: Sherborne School Archives, Abbey Road, Sherborne, Dorset, UK, DT9 3AP.

 

Details: John Arthur Geoffrey Vowler (1897-1917), born 21 June 1897, son of Francis Simcoe Vowler and Ellen Frances Anne Vowler, of Edymead House, Launceston, Cornwall; brother of Darrell Francis Stephen Vowler (1894-1919).

 

Attended Oaklands Court preparatory school, St Peter's, Thanet, Kent.

 

Attended Sherborne School (School House) September 1911-December 1914; 6th form.

 

Entered Sandhurst in January 1915, and obtained his commission in the Leinster Regiment in June 1915.

 

WW1, Lieutenant in the Prince of Wales's Leinster Regiment (Royal Canadians), 3rd Bn. (Reserve), attached to the Machine Gun Corps. Served in France. In April 1916 he was accidentally wounded in the head while cleaning a revolver, and was sent home. On his recovery he joined the Machine Gun Corps and was stationed for some time at Grantham, proceeding to France again at the beginning of May 1917. Early in July 1917 he was sent to hospital at Rouen suffering from debility. Then his old wound began to trouble him again and he was sent home to England in an extremely dangerous condition. He died in Netley Hospital on 19 July 1917 as the result of the bursting of an abscess on the brain.

 

Commemorated at:

Netley Military Cemetery www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/363500/VOWLER,%20JOHN...

 

Launceston town war memorial, Cornwall.

 

Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance. Mrs Vowler donated £16 towards the Sherborne School War Memorial in memory of Capt. D.F.S. Vowler and Lieut. J.A.G. Vowler.

 

Obituary, The Shirburnian, July 1917: 'LIEUT. JOHN ARTHUR GEOFFREY VOWLER, who died at Netley Hospital on July 19th, 1917, entered the School at the beginning of the Michaelmas Term 1911. He was nominated into Sandhurst in January 1915, and obtained his commission in the Leinster Regiment (The Prince of Wales' Royal Canadians) in the following June. In April 1916, he was accidentally wounded in the head while cleaning a revolver, and was sent home. On his recovery, he joined the Machine Gun Corps and was stationed for some time at Grantham, proceeding to France again at the beginning of May. Early in July he was sent to hospital at Rouen, suffering from debility. Then his old wound began to trouble him again, and he was sent home to England in an extremely dangerous condition. He died as the result of the bursting of an abscess on the brain.'

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