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Thomas Fowler

Private Thomas Fowler

Birth

Thomas Fowler was born in Morton, Lincolnshire.

His birth was registered in Bourne in the September quarter of 1892 indicating a birth between July and September of that year.

Family History

Thomas was the son of Edward John Fowler an Agricultural Labourer from Morton and his wife Ann Booth.

Edward John Fowler was born in Morton c1859. He married Ann Booth in 1881. She was born in Hacconby c1861.

The children of Edward and Ann are:

Susan b c1883, Sarah b c1885, Jane b c1886, Edward b c1888, Beatrice Ellen b c1890, Thomas b c1892, Eliza b c1895, Charles William b c1896, James b c1899, Jonathan George Booth Fowler b c1900, May b 1903, Frederick b 1905 and Ida b 1907.

On the 1911 census Thomas Fowler was living with his parents and 6 siblings in Morton.

The Soldiers Died in the Great War records show Thomas’ place of residence as Bourne Lincolnshire but lists the place of enlistment as Morton.

Other comments on the CWGC records show that Thomas was the Son of Edward John and Ann Fowler of Frank’s Yard, Morton, Bourne, Lincolnshire.

Military History

Thomas’ war office records are yet to be uncovered and may be part of the burnt records that were destroyed by fire.

The medal rolls show that Thomas entered the Balkan theatre of war on 22nd September 1915.

The main battles in the war of Gallipoli happened in August 1915 and from there on operations continued along the same battle lines with sniping and bombings becoming part of normal operations.  The hot weather and poor rations did not help the allied soldiers fighting not just an enemy but also disease. The trenches in this area were built in two feet of soil above solid rock, breastworks and bivouacs offering only some protection from enemy rifle fire.

Thomas Fowler died from wounds on 24th November  1915.

The Lincolnshire regiment were eventually evacuated from Sulva Bay on 22nd December 1915 one month after Thomas Fowler died ending the Gallipoli campaign.

Private Thomas Fowler 15020, 6th Battalion, The Lincolnshire Regiment, was eligible for the following medals:-

Victory Medal
The British Medal
1915 Star

Newspaper Articles

Grantham Journal – 23rd January 1915
For King and Country – On Friday week, five more Morton youths joined the Army – Herbert Edward Leverington, Thomas Fowler, William Hubbard, Joseph Taylor, Jack Taylor. Six presented themselves but unfortunately, Foster Handford was rejected owing to a very slight foot trouble. This was a great disappointment to Foster who already has two brothers in Kitchener’s Army. Morton people might well be proud of these young men who have so nobly answered to the call of duty. We also understand that Mr. George Parker, youngest grandson of Mrs. Parker, who lately resided at Hanthorpe House, has joined the Public School Corps and will leave shortly for the front.

Grantham Journal 11th December 1915
Sad news has been received at Morton within the past few days that two of her gallant youths have laid down their lives for their country. In a previous issue, we reported that a letter had been received from Pte C Ashton, who is in France, to the effect that he was afraid that his brother Arthur had been shot by a German sniper. Upon inquiry at the War Office, the news has been officially proved to be only too true. The Parents of Thomas Fowler received a communication last week stating that their son was killed by a gunshot wound in the shoulder. He was drafted with a Mediterranean Force and death took place at Sulva on the Gallipoli Peninsula. Real heart-felt sympathy is felt for the bereaved families. Our toll of the war is now seven and we share the unenviable distinction of figuring most conspicuously in the casualty lists which concern the villages in the Bourne district. On Sunday evening last, the Parish Church was packed with parishioners who came to pay their last tributes to the three brave lads – Arthur Ashton, Thomas Fowler, Joseph Taylor (who was recently killed by a trench mortar in France). The Vicar, the Rev J.H. Boldero, read the burial service only omitting the committal portion. The lesson for the day was singularly appropriate vis., St John xiv. “Let not your heart be troubled, ”which was read by the schoolmaster, Mr. J.W. Palmer. In the course of the sermon, the vicar made a touching reference to the three lads, mentioning that they were all members of the church, and had all been in the church choir, and how, when far away, their last thoughts had been of home and the old church. The rev. gentleman spoke words of great comfort to the bereaved. The sadness was on all; the congregation mourned with the parents of the dead soldiers. At the close of the service, the National Anthem was sung, and the “Dead March” in “Saul” was played by the organist (Miss Betson). It was a beautiful service, and one that will long be remembered and the vicar’s words were most uplifting.

Memorial

Private Thomas Fowler 15020, 6th Battalion, The Lincolnshire Regiment, is remembered with honour at the Helles Memorial which stands on the tip of the Gallipoli Peninsular, Turkey.
Panel Ref: Panel 44 to 46.

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