Fowler, Arthur (No. 97780)

Fowler, Arthur


No. 97780, 34th Army Troops Company, Royal Engineers

Killed in action on Thursday 11 April 1918 (aged 34)

No known grave


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium (Panel 1)

Brother of Private George Fowler (No. 424463)


Arthur Fowler was born on 27 September 1883 in Middle Road, Bangor and he was a son of Francis William Deans Fowler and Sarah Ann Fowler (nee Agnew) who were married on 15 August 1876 in Newtownards Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Mark’s).

The Fowler family lived in the townland of Ballyholme, Bangor.

Francis Fowler worked as a labourer and he and Sarah had at least eleven children all of whom were baptised in Bangor Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Comgall’s):

James (born 16 August 1877 in Bangor)

John (born 6 April 1879 in Middle Road, Bangor)

Annie Aicken (born 24 April 1881 in Middle Road, Bangor)

Arthur (born 27 September 1883 in Middle Road, Bangor)

James (born 7 August 1885 in Middle Road, Bangor)

Jane (Jennie, born 29 September 1887 in Middle Road, Bangor)

Francis William (born 4 January 1890 in Middle Road, Bangor)

Sarah (born 28 May 1892 in Middle Road, Bangor)

William (born 14 March 1894 in Croft Street, Bangor)

George (born 23 January 1896 in Croft Street, Bangor)

Edward (born 11 August 1898 in Church Street, Bangor)

Arthur was the second of the two Fowler brothers to die on active service in the Great War:

Arthur Fowler worked as a bricklayer before the outbreak of the Great War.  He and Julia Fitzpatrick were married on 7 September 1906 in Bangor Abbey Church of Ireland Church.  Julia Fitzpatrick aged 23 from Bangor was a daughter of Philip Fitzpatrick, a farmer.

Arthur and Julia Fowler lived in Abbey Street, Bangor and in Belfast at 48 Agra Street and 135 East Bread Street.

Arthur and Julia Fowler (nee Fitzpatrick) had at least six children:

Sarah Ann (born 10 December 1906 in Abbey Street, Bangor)

Julia (born around 1908/1909)

Ruby (born 19 December 1909 in Abbey Street, Bangor)

Francis William (born 24 April 1911 at 48 Agra Street, Belfast)

Kathleen (born 4 March 1913 at 48 Agra Street, Belfast)

Agnes (born 18 November 1914 at 135 East Bread Street, Belfast)

Arthur Fowler enlisted in Belfast and served as a Sapper with the Royal Engineers.  He was 34 when he was killed in action on 11 April 1918.

Sapper Arthur Fowler (No. 97780) has no known grave and he is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial in Belgium.