Kut al Amara, Turkey, 1916: a letter about losses of the Hampshire Regiment


A manuscript letter, written on three sides of two sheets of blue writing paper 10 x 6½ ins writing paper, from Edith Bowker, wife of Lieut Colonel F J Bowker of the Hampshire Regiment to her sixteen year old son at Charterhouse School and addressed from Cavalry Lines, Poona Feb 12 1916The letter, complete with its mourning envelope with 1 anna stamp, tells her son that his father, commanding a battalion of the Hampshires had been wounded and hospitalised after a battle at Orah Creek near Kut al Amara. She mentions regimental casualties mentioning three surviving officers by name -Major Stilwell, Captain Foster, and Mr amesBurrell. The recipient, Reginald James Bowker, was to become a leading diplomat as Sir James Bowker,, G.B.E., K.C.M.G.         aug12/1

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