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Mr Frederick Bowden




Corsham 71 Firlands, The Folly

Date of Death

Where killed

Cause of Death

25/04/1942 Firlands, The Folly Killed in air raid




Hardenhuish (St Nicholas) Churchyard   England

Next of Kin

Next of kin address


Ada Elizabeth Bowden Firlands, The Folly Chippenham


1901 Census shows the family living at Main Road, Codford St Mary. Frederick is listed as a Railway signal man

Firlands, The Folly, Chippenham Without. Husband of Ada Elizabeth Bowden. Died at Firlands, The Folly.

Bath Bombed on the 25 and 26 April

Market Town Bombed

During Saturday nights raid by enemy aircraft on Bath and the West, one of the Nazi machines made a lightening dive bombing attack on a market town, as a result of which 2 persons were Killed in action, two others were detained in hospital and a number of others sustained minor injuries.

Four bombs were dropped in this attack, 3 of them running in a line diagonally across the gardens of a row of houses. The fourth scored a direct hit on a house - the last house in a road leaving the western side of the town - and it was in this house that the two fatalities occurred.

The dead couple were a retired railway man and his wife. The man had gone upstairs and his wife was seated in a downstairs room were their daughter who is a teacher at a secondary school in a neighbouring town. The house was reduced to a heap of debris, the chimney stack remaining in the centre of the pile and the daughters escape may, without exaggeration, be described as miraculous. She was apparently blown out of the house by the blast and was found walking in the road by ARP workers who rushed to the scene. She stated afterwards that she suddenly saw a hole appear in the ceiling of the room in which she was sitting with her mother and the next thing she knew was when she was found in the road. The bodies of her parents were recovered from the wrecked building 2 hours later.

Wiltshire Times 2 May 1942

Miss Hilda Bowden and her relatives wish to express their great appreciation of the kindness of their many friends who have shown deep sympathy in their recent bereavement also of the lovely flowers

Wiltshire Times 9 May 1942

Mr and Mrs Bowden's son Harold Roy Bowden was killed during the First War

Last updated - 14/01/2011



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