No. 2119186, 38 Field Company, Royal Engineers
Killed on active service on Thursday 5 August 1943 (aged 25)
Catania War Cemetery, Sicily, Italy (Grave I. E. 34)
In the CWGC Debt of Honour it is recorded that John Bowen was a son of Mr and Mrs Patrick John Bowen of Portaferry.
In the Army Roll of Honour, it is recorded that John Bowen was born in Lanarkshire, Scotland and his place of residence is recorded as Motherwell and Wishaw in Lanarkshire.
In 1901 Patrick John Bowen (aged 13) was living on the Bowen family farm in the townland of Ballyridley, Portaferry. Patrick John Bowen was a son of William and Veronica Bowen (nee O’Connor) who were married on 28 March 1883 in St Malachy’s Roman Catholic Church in Belfast.
After he left school, Patrick John Bowen moved to Scotland where he worked as a boiler fireman in a colliery. He lived at 64 Chapel Street and then at 91 Muir Street, Hamilton in Lanarkshire.
On 5 July 1911 Patrick John Bowen and Margaret Steed Henderson were married in Hamilton Roman Catholic Church. Margaret Steed Henderson was a daughter of John and Margaret Henderson (nee Steed) of 2 Clydeford Drive, Uddingston, Lanarkshire and she worked as a domestic servant.
Their son, John Bowen, was born at 5.50 am on 18 March 1918 at 123 Almada Street, Hamilton and, during the Second World War, he served with 38 Field Company, Royal Engineers.
On 10 July 1943 a combined Allied Force of Commonwealth and American troops invaded Sicily and Sapper John Bowen (aged 25) was one of many who died in the heavy fighting just short of the town of Catania which was taken by the Allied Forces on 5 August 1943.
Sapper John Bowen (No. 2119186) was buried in Catania War Cemetery, Sicily.