Canadian Virtual War Memorial

William James Bowser

In memory of:

Private William James Bowser

April 15, 1915

Military Service


Service Number:
16404
Age:

23

Force:

Army

Unit:

Canadian Infantry (British Columbia Regiment)

Division:

7th Bn.

Citation(s):

1914-15 Star

Additional Information


Born:

September 9, 1891 Victoria, British Columbia

Enlistment:

September 28, 1914 Valcartier, Québec

Son of Francis and Julia Jessie (nee Sinclair) Bowser, of Vancouver, British Columbia. Brother of Frances Maud, Margaret Kitson, Jannet Baxter, and Frank Copely.

Commemorated on Page 6 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

Panel 18 - 28 - 30

Location:


The Menin Gate Memorial is situated at the eastern side of the town of Ypres (now Ieper) in the Province of West Flanders, on the road to Menin and Courtrai. It bears the names of 55,000 men who were lost without trace during the defence of the Ypres Salient in the First World War. Designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield and erected by the Imperial (now Commonwealth) War Graves Commission, it consists of a Hall of Memory", 36.6 metres long by 20.1 metres wide. In the centre are broad staircases leading to the ramparts which overlook the moat, and to pillared loggias which run the whole length of the structure. On the inner walls of the Hall, on the side of the staircases and on the walls of the loggias, panels of Portland stone bear the names of the dead, inscribed by regiment and corps. Carved in stone above the central arch are the words:


TO THE ARMIES OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE WHO STOOD HERE FROM 1914 TO 1918 AND TO THOSE OF THEIR DEAD WHO HAVE NO KNOWN GRAVE.

Over the two staircases leading from the main Hall is the inscription:

HERE ARE RECORDED NAMES OF OFFICERS AND MEN WHO FELL IN YPRES SALIENT BUT TO WHOM THE FORTUNE OF WAR DENIED THE KNOWN AND HONOURED BURIAL GIVEN TO THEIR COMRADES IN DEATH.

The dead are remembered to this day in a simple ceremony that takes place every evening at 8:00 p.m. All traffic through the gateway in either direction is halted, and two buglers (on special occasions four) move to the centre of the Hall and sound the Last Post. Two silver trumpets for use in the ceremony are a gift to the Ypres Last Post Committee by an officer of the Royal Canadian Artillery, who served with the 10th Battery, of St. Catharines, Ontario, in Ypres in April 1915."

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Memorial – Inscription on the Menin Gate … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Newspaper clipping – From the Daily Colonist of April 23, 1915. Image taken from web address of https://archive.org/stream/dailycolonist57y115uvic#mode/1up
  • Newspaper clipping – From the Daily Colonist of April 23, 1915. Image taken from web address of https://archive.org/stream/dailycolonist57y115uvic#mode/1up

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