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Eric Bowker
Ordinary Seaman
Service No: D/JX 177447


Seaman Eric Bowker

Eric Bowker whilst serving aboard HMS Impregnable (click to enlarge in a new window) (28640 bytes)

My cousin, Eric Bowker was born on the 20th October 1925 in Topsham, Devon. He was the youngest son of Arthur Bowker and May, (nee Kingdon), Bowker. He was employed at Motor Mac's, Exeter after leaving school. He lived at No. 10 Ferry Road, Topsham, with his parents, before he joined the Navy. Eric was at HMS St George, Isle of Man in October 1940. He also served on HMS Impregnable.
Eric was killed in action on HMS Jupiter, on 27th February 1942, during the Battle of The Java Sea, aged 18.

Thank you.

 Bavidge (cousin)

Please contact Andy (webmaster) with any information.

Andy Wade (Webmaster)

Information provided by Angela Bavidge.
Photograph provided by Eric's sister, Mary Pym.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission record:

Casualty Details
Nationality: United Kingdom 
Rank: Ordinary Seaman 
Regiment: Royal Navy 
Unit Text: H.M.S. Jupiter 
Age: 18 
Date of Death: 27/02/1942 
Service No: D/JX 177447 
Additional information: Son of Arthur and Charity May Bowker, of Topsham, Devon. 
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead 
Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 67, Column 1.