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George Arthur Bowers  

Servicenumber : 4449319
Rank : Lance Serjeant
Regiment : The Parachute Regiment
Unit : 11th Battalion
Date of Death : 19-09-1944
Age : 31
Grave : Plot 28. Row C. Grave 9.
George Arthur Bowers was a son of Richard William and Cecilia Bowers.
Bowers served with the Mortar Platoon, S Company. He died in the area of Heijenoordseweg at Arnhem. 
The authors of the book 'Arnhem their final battle' (Gerrit Pijpers and David Truesdale 2012) wrote about Bowers (pages 91-92). They quoted Private Joe Berry of 11th Battalion, who wrote about the fighting in Arnhem in a letter: 'We were ordered to go north over the railway to try to contact the 10th Battalion advancing into Arnhem over the north side of the railway. When the column went to cross the railway bridge they came under fire from the enemy on the other side. We cut holes in a fence on the left-hand side of the road and got onto the railway embankment. Lance-Sergeant George A. Bowers and two others had crossed the railway and captured two Germans in a slit trench in a matter of seconds. The enemy opened fire on Lance Sergeant Bowers and whoever was with him and we saw them go down.".
According to the Roll of Honour published by the Society of Friends of the Airborne Museum (Jan Hey 1999 and 2011) Bowers was given a field burial opposite Callunastraat 79 at Arnhem.
Picture: 23-09-2012
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Picture: 10-09-2016
Sources: Website CWGC, Arnhem Their Final Battle and Roll of Honour


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