Private William James Cowley

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Place of Birth

United Kingdom

World War I Address

61 Brook Street
United Kingdom

Place of Death

United Kingdom

Grave Location

United Kingdom

Soldier or Civilian

  • Soldier

William James Cowley was born in Rawtenstall, Lancashire in 1893

In 1911 aged 18 he is working as a clerk & junior warehouseman at a straw & felt hat manufactures along his father & living with his family at No 61 Brook Street, Luton.

His father Herbert is a member of the Luton Conservative & Unionist Club & is the secretary & cashier at a straw & felt hat manufactures, his brother, 20 year old Herbert Dean is an apprentice photographer. His mother Margaret is looking after their 9 roomed home with help from a live-in servant, 19 year old Fanny Clark.

In August 1914 William joined the RAMC alongside his brother Herbert.

William served in France. He survived the war & was discharged on 16th March 1919.

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Author: KarenC

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