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C. H. Bowden (Air Mechanic 3rd Class)

Royal Air Force (Calshot Base)

Born 23rd November 1899 at Ladywood in Warwickshire

Died 21st October 1918

Aged 18 Years Old

Bowden was a young motor fitter in Birmingham who enlisted as soon as he was 18 years old in 1917. He applied his engineering skills to boat seaplanes at Calshot for the rest of his short life. He died a month before his nineteenth birthday and less than one month before the war ended. It is unclear how he lost his life, whether of an illness or as a result of an accident.