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  • A portrait of William Henry Field Flowers.
Courtesy of Worksop College
Person Details
16 Sep 1891
Bonby Lincolnshire
A clergyman's son, William emigrated from Liverpool to New Brunswick Canada in 1913. He worked on a ranch near Regina and later the Ohangan Valley.
He attended St Cuthbert's College Worksop between 1905 and 1909. He was a clerk upon emigration to Canada.
15 Apr 1918
26
257685 - CWGC Website
Second Lieutenant
1/5th Bn York and Lancaster Regiment
William enlisted into the Canadian Army on 6th August 1914 and served as Private with 2nd Canadian Mounted Rifles. 1914-1917, He saw service in France and Flanders from September 1915. He received a commission and was gazetted to 2nd Liuetenant with the York and Lancaster Regiment on 21st September 1917 joining the unit in France in October 1917. He was wounded whilst in action on the evening of 14th April 1918 at Mont De Lille near Bailluel, and died the following day at the 77th Field Ambulance. He was buried in Berthen Communal Cemetery. At the end of the war his grave was concentrated at Meteren Military cemetery, Belgium Grave Reference: IV H 790
The following is an extract from 'The Cuthbertian' college magazine July 1918 No 2 News has at last come through of 2nd Lieut. Field Flowers, York and Lancs Regiment, and eldest son of Rev. J. F. Flowers, Vicar of Great Carlton, who died of wounds on April 15th. He was wounded on April 14th, in the neighbourhood of Bailleul, and died in the ambulance. On one occasion he manned a German machine gun and turned it on the enemy; and when, owing to heavy casualties, he was left in charge of the battalion, "he did magnificently," and the Colonel said he "did not know what he would have done without him." His name was to have been sent up for promotion and decoration. When war was declared Lieut. Field Flowers was on a ranch in Canada. He enlisted on August 6th, 1914, and after training in Canada and England went to France with his battalion, the 2nd C.M.R., in which he remained till he got his commission in the York and Lancs, in September last. De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour 1914-1919 - gives the following account. William Henry Field Flowers, 2nd Lt 1/5 battalion, Yorks and Lancaster Regiment, eldest son of the Reverend John French Flowers of Great Carlton Vicarage, Louth by his wife Blanche Adelaide daughter of the Reverend Henry Owen and brother to Captain H F Flowers, born at Bonby near Barton-on-Humber, Lincolnshire 16th September 1891 and educated at Stancliff Hall, Matlock and St Cuthberts at Worksop. Went to Canada in 1912 and settled in Regina and later in the Ohanagan Valley. Enlisted into the Canadian mounted Rifles on 6th August 1914 and served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders from September 1915. Was invalided home suffering from pleurisy in June 1916. re joined his battalion in September the same year. Received a commission and was gazetted to 2nd Lieut , York and Lancasters Regiment on 21 September 1917 , joined his regiment in France in October 1917. Died at No 77 Field Ambulance 15th April 1918 of wounds received in action at Mount De Lille near Bailleul the previous evening. Buried in Berthen Communal cemetery. His adjutant wrote to a friend of his " Your friends conduct was magnificent, " his commanding officer said " He behaved splendidly. I do not know what I would have done without him at the end. " His name was to have been sent in for decoration and promotion.
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  • A portrait of William Henry Field Flowers.
Courtesy of Worksop College
    William Henry Field Flowers - A portrait of William Henry Field Flowers. Courtesy of Worksop College