Fowler, George (No. 424463)

Fowler, George


No. 424463, 28th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Saskatchewan Regiment)

Died of wounds on Thursday 12 April 1917 (aged 21)


Lapugnoy Military Cemetery, France (Grave III C 8)


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Canadian Virtual War Memorial (CVWM)

Canadian First World War Book of Remembrance

Brother of Sapper Arthur Fowler (No. 97780)


George Fowler was born on 23 January 1896 in Croft Street, Bangor (at attestation he stated 23 January 1895) 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)

George was the first of the two Fowler brothers to die on active service in the Great War.

After George Fowler moved to Canada with his brothers William and Edward he worked as a farmer.  All three brothers enlisted and served in the Great War.  George Fowler enlisted at Minnedosa in Manitoba on 21 December 1914 and he cited as his next-of-kin his sister Jennie Fowler of 4 Queen Victoria Street, Bloomfield, Belfast.  It was noted in his attestation papers that he was 5 feet 7½ inches tall with a dark complexion, brown eyes and black hair.  He had a scar on the fourth finger of his left hand.

Private George Fowler (No. 424463) served with the 28th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Saskatchewan Regiment) and he was 21 when he died of wounds on 12 April 1917.  He was buried in Lapugnoy Military Cemetery, France.  Jennie Fowler was living at 21 Humber Street, Belfast when she was informed by the Canadian Record Office that her brother, Private George Fowler, had died.