George Bowsher was first identified in the Absent Voter Records for Abbots Langley for Autumn 1918, Spring 1919, and Autumn 1919 where his address was given at Nash Mills. His brothers William and Leonard both served in the Great War, and both were killed in action. All three brothers were not recorded in any other Parish records, despite qualifying as Abbots Langley men. Leonard was born at Nash Mills in the autumn of 1894, which at the time was part of the Civil Parish of Abbots Langley.
George was born in the autumn of 1891 at Islington. He was one of four sons born to William and Mary Bowsher. By the time of the 1901 Census the family had moved to Nash Mills, Abbots Langley, however William (senior) had died and Mary was named as the Head of Household, and worked as a Hand Envelope Folder at John Dickinson’s Paper Mills.
It is not known when George enlisted to the 27th Training Reserve Battalion, however after his period of training he was transferred to the 10th Battalion of the Lincolnshire Regiment and was sent to France on 20th May 1917. He was subsequently promoted to the rank of Sergeant. George’s Medal Roll noted that he was commissioned to the rank 2nd Lieutenant on 31st July 1918, and joined the 2nd Battalion of the Norfolk Regiment. George continued to serve with the Norfolk’s and was listed with this unit in the Absent Voter Records of Autumn 1918, Spring 1919 and Autumn 1919.
George Bowsher survived the War, however his brothers William and Leonard were both killed in action. William died on 5th September 1916, and Leonard on 17th August 1917.