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Kenneth J. Bowles

Kenneth J. Bowles

Person  Male  Born 15/10/1910  Died 20/4/1941

Categories: Armed Forces, Tragedy

Fireman killed as a result of an air raid on Old Palace School, Bow, E3 on 20 April 1941.

Our colleague Andrew Behan has kindly researched this man: Auxiliary Fireman Kenneth John Bowles was born on 15 October 1910 in Beckenham, Kent, the second son of Alfred Edward Bowles and Minnie Bowles née Bear. His father was a Commercial Traveller of China & Glass. The 1911 census shows the family living at 49 Clock House Road, Beckenham. In mid 1938 he married Mollie Langford and the 1939 England and Wales Register shows them living with her parents at 27 Beckenham Road, West Wickham, Kent and his occupation is recorded as a Meat-Importer Managing Clerk.

He joined the Auxiliary Fire Service and was attached to the West Wickham Fire Station and died when a German bomb landed on Auxiliary Fire Service Sub Station 24U, which was housed in Old Palace LCC School, St. Leonards Street, Poplar, aged 30 years, on 20 April 1941. He was buried at Beckenham Cemetery and Crematorium, Elmers End Road, Beckenham, BR3 4TD. Administration of his estate was granted to his widow and his effects totalled £403-13s-4d.

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