No. 18880, 12th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles
Died of disease on Thursday 1 April 1915 (aged 19)
Ballymena New Cemetery (Grave B2. 10)
In some records his surname is spelt Boden.
John Bowden was born on 22 February 1896, and he was a son of David and Margaret (Maggie) Bowden (nee Aiken, sometimes Aicken) of Slaght (sometimes Slatt), Kells, Ballymena. They were married on 12 June 1886 in First Ballymena Presbyterian Church. David Bowden from Appletee was working as a servant. Maggie Aiken was from Ballee.
David Bowden worked as a railway labourer and he and Maggie had five children:
William (born 22 June 1887 in Slaght)
David (born 6 February 1890 in Slaght)
Robert (born 28 March 1893 in Slaght)
John (born 22 February 1896 in Slaght)
Jane Young (born 13 May 1899 in Slaght)
In 1911, aged 15, John Bowden was working as a solicitor’s clerk.
Lance Corporal John Bowden (No. 18880) was stationed at Newtownards Camp when he died of scarlatina and oedema of the glottis in Newtownards Fever Hospital on 1 April 1915 (aged 19).
Lance Corporal John Bowden (No. 18880) had a military funeral in Ballymena and was buried in Ballymena New Cemetery. There is an inscription on his CWGC headstone:
UNTIL THE DAY BREAKS
AND THE SHADOWS