Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry (The 2/4th Battalion)

Research and Resources around the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry during WWI

Sergeant George Fowler

It looks if George Fowler was very involved in football prior to the war. Below he is in a picture of the Wycombe Generals F.C. 1910-11.

It also looks if he at one time played for Wycombe Wanderers Reserves.

Wikipedia has the following entry on Wycombe Wanderers:

Events off the pitch soon had an impact on the club. In the autumn and winter of 1913 a major industrial dispute in the furniture trade in High Wycombe saw workers locked out and attendances were seriously affected. However far more serious events were taking place in Europe and the First World War soon broke out. Wycombe players joined the two companies of Territorials and the Bucks Battalion. Loakes Park was used for training artillarymen and the club ceased to be active for the duration of the war. The club and football began to organise itself again and in the summer of 1919 the club held its AGM at the Red Lion Hotel and all stood for those who had lost their lives in the First World War. They included the following players; Charlie Buchanan, George Buchanan, Pat Carter, Bunny Fowler, Frank Langley, Jock Love, Jim McDermott, Edward Reynolds, A Saunders and Harry Stallwood.

Could Bunny Fowler be George?

The photographs above were from a Miss Carol Randall on Buckinghamshire Remembers.

Name George FOWLER   MM
Rank/Number Sergeant   11860
Regiment Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry   2/4th Battalion
Enlisted High Wycombe
Age/Date of death 25      12 Sep 1918
How died/Theatre of war Killed in action   France & Flanders
Residence at death
Cemetery Rue-du-Bois Military Cemetery, Fleurbaix, France 
Grave or Memorial Reference II.E.3
Location of memorial High Wycombe Hospital
Date/Place of birth c1895      Desborough Rd, High Wycombe
Date/Place of baptism 01 Mar 1895 High Wycombe
Pre-war occupation of Casualty
Parents George & Annie Fowler
Parent’s occupation labourer
Parents’ Address (last known) 88 Richardson St, High Wycombe
Wife’s Address (last known)

George was killed during an attack  on Junction Post, a grass covered breastwork where the enemy was offering stubborn resistance. During this attack the battalion won it’s second Victoria Cross through the valor of Lance-Corporal A. Wilcox.

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