Chatteris WW1 Soldier Alfred Gowler (40555). Chatteris Remembers Biography
Pte Alfred Gowler 40555 12th Bn Suffolk Regiment Died on March 25th 1918 Alfred Gowler was born about 1888 in Chatteris. In 1911 he was a horseman on his parents farm, Broad Ader Farm, Chatteris. Alfred enlisted in Bury St Edmunds into the Suffolk Regiment. Alfred was killed in action on 25th March 1918 in the German’s Spring Offensive but wasn’t reported as missing until May 1918. In 1918 Alfred was in the 12th battalion Suffolk Regiment. From March 21st until the 26th the battalion was forced to retreat under waves of attacks by the Germans. On the night of the 24-25th March the remnants of the battalion were collected to hold a line on the Ervillers to Behagnies Road, north of Bapaume, which they managed to hold for around 12 hours until they were withdrawn. Every officer, apart from the Major and the doctor, was killed in the attack and 367 in the battalion killed or wounded. Alfred has no known grave and is remembered on the Arras Memorial. Project File contains: • CWGC certificate • 1911, 1901, 1891 Census • Soldiers Died • Cambs Times May 17th 1918
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