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Richard Charles Waudby Bowery

In memory of:

Captain Richard Charles Waudby Bowery

August 19, 1942
Dieppe, France

Military Service


Age:

27

Force:

Army

Unit:

Royal Hamilton Light Infantry, R.C.I.C.

Additional Information


Born:

October 25, 1914
St. Catharines, Ontario

Enlistment:

April 10, 1940
Hamilton, Ontario

Son of Charles and Grace Bowery of Brantford, Ontario. Husband of Evelyn Bowery of Brantford, Ontario.

Commemorated on Page 59 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

BROOKWOOD MEMORIAL
Surrey, United Kingdom

Grave Reference:

Panel 24. Column 1.

Location:

The Brookwood Memorial stands in the large Brookwood Military Cemetery, which forms part of the London Necropolis at Brookwood, west of Woking, about 48 kilometres from London. The garden in which the Memorial stands is at the south end of the Canadian Section (Second World War) located on the far side of St. Lawrence Avenue, the highway leading in from the main entrance on the Pirbright road. The memorial commemorates 3,475 men and women of the land forces of the British Commonwealth and Empire who died during the Second World War and whose names could not appropriately be recorded on any of the campaign memorials in the different theatres of war. There are names of men and women who served as special agents and died as prisoners or while working with Allied underground movements. A few of the names on the memorial commemorate those whose bodies were never recovered or those graves which could not, for some other reason, be marked and maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. The names of over 200 Canadians are remembered on the Brookwood Memorial. Some perished in ships that were sunken in waters outside the territorial limits of any major campaign; some were lost overboard; some died from various causes on hospital ships or troop transports and were given burial at sea. Also commemorated are those who died during the campaign in Norway in 1940, and in raids on enemy-occupied territory in Europe, including the costly operation against Dieppe in August 1942.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

  • Newspaper Clipping– Memorialized on the pages of the Globe and Mail. Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star August 1942. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star August 1942. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of Richard Charles Waudby Bowery– Enlisted two years before the war in the Dufferin and Haldliman Rifles of Canada, transferred to Royal Hamilton Light Infantry. Kill during the Dieppe raid, Mentioned in Dispatches for his bravery posthumously.
  • Memorial scroll– Royal Hamilton Light Infantry memorial scroll for Dieppe.  On display at the 
Lieutenant-Colonel John Weir Foote VC, CD Armoury, Hamilton, Ontario.
  • Brookwood Memorial– Photo taken by John S. Brehaut during the Road to Freedom Tour of 2003.
  • Biography– Album of Honour for Brant County  World War 11 1939 - 1945
Published in 1946 by The Brantford Kinsmen Club and submitted with their permission by Operation Picture Me
  • Album Cover– Album of Honour for Brant County  World War 11 1939 - 1945
Published in 1946 by The Brantford Kinsmen Club and submitted with their permission by Operation Picture Me
  • Inscription– Captain RICHARD CHARLES WAUDBY BOWERY is one of four members of the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry, Royal  Canadian Infantry Corps, who went missing at Dieppe on August 19, 1942 and were subsequently presumed dead, who are commemorated on this Panel at the Brookwood Memorial, Surrey, United Kingdom.
  • Newspaper clipping– Source:  Hamilton Spectator, August 21, 1942

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