Neither William nor his brothers Leonard and George Bowsher are listed in any of the records for those serving from Abbots Langley, but all have a claim to be considered Abbots Langley “men”.
Leonard was first identified in the Soldiers Died in the Great War archives as being born in Abbots Langley. He was born at Nash Mills in the autumn of 1894, which at the time was part of the Civil Parish of Abbots Langley. Through the research of Leonard, it was identified that his brother William, who had lived with the family in Nash Mills when it was part of the Parish of Abbots Langley, had also served and died in the Great War, and could also be considered as an Abbots Langley soldier. It was subsequently found from the Hertfordshire Absent Voter Lists that a third brother George Edward Bowsher, gave his home address at Abbots Langley. George survived the War and returned to Nash Mills after being de-mobilised.
William Harvard Bowsher was born in Islington in the summer of 1890, the eldest of four sons of William and Mary Bowsher. He was killed in action serving with the 4th Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers, however little is known about his service record.
He was commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing on the Somme, and on the St Mary’s Apsley End Roll of Honour, on the Hemel Hempstead War Memorial, and on the John Dickinson War Memorial, which indicated that at some point he would have been employed at one of Dickinson’s Mills.