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James Bowman

"Josh"

James Bowman

(Passed – 2010)

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James Bowman
(Passed – 2010)

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James Bowman

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This is an online tribute dedicated to the memory of Major James Joshua Bowman. Major James Joshua Bowman from 1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles was tragically killed in Afghanistan on Tuesday 13 July 2010.
Major Josh Bowman was 34 years old and from Salisbury. He started his career in the British Army as a rifle platoon commander in B Company 1st Battalion The Light Infantry having commissioned from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 1999.
As a rifle platoon commander he deployed to Northern Ireland as part of the Rural Reinforcement Battalion.
In Northern Ireland he operated from an isolated patrol base and for his outstanding performance throughout this tour he was awarded a General Officer
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Commanding Northern Ireland commendation.
Following rifle platoon command he was posted as an instructor to the 3rd Battalion Infantry Training Centre in Catterick.
He then returned to regimental duty in Paderborn, Germany, in the Armoured Infantry role as the Second in Command of D Company 1 Light Infantry.
He deployed on Op TELIC 3 to Maysan Province, Iraq, before then taking command of the Mortar Platoon.
It was following his Mortar Platoon appointment that Major Bowman began to broaden his horizons with numerous overseas postings.
From August 2005 he completed a year in International Military Advisory Training Team (Freetown) Sierra Leone as the Operations Training Officer / Battalion
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Operations Advisor.
In September 2006 he returned to the UK as an SO3 instructor in the Junior Officer Tactics Division to the Land Warfare Centre in Warminster.
On completion of his two year appointment he had been selected for promotion to Major.
Prior to attendance on the Intermediate Command and Staff Course (Land) he squeezed in a 5 month tour as the Assistant Chief Instructor at the Iraqi Military Academy Ar Rustamiyah (IMAR).
This was an 8 man training team supporting 600 Officer Cadets and 300 Iraqi Staff.
Major Bowman began his company command with 1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles in May 2009 immediately after ICSC(L), swapping the lecture halls of Shrivenham for the heat
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and humidity of Brunei.
In August 2009 the Battalion conducted the Unit Move from Brunei to the UK and began the pre-deployment training for the Op HERRICK 12 deployment.
His Gurkha soldiers developed a natural respect and affection for a leader who balanced the best traditions of a rifle regiment soldier with humanity and hospitality that found him at home in A (Delhi) Company.
Major Bowman had led his company through some of the toughest fighting experienced by the Battlegroup on Op HERRICK 12 thus far.
He balanced the softer side of population centric counter insurgency with a genuine ability to motivate and lead his company onto the offensive when required.
But above all, he was a gentle
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and thoroughly good man, who often spoke of his family and his girlfriend, Lucy. Our thoughts and prayers are with them all during these tragic times.
Josh's family said:
"He was the best possible son and brother who will be sadly missed by his family and many friends.
"He loved the Army and was very proud of the selfless work that he and his Company were doing."
This is an online memorial in memory of Major Josh Bowman. He died a hero and will never be forgotten. May he rest in peace.
Remembrance Messages
On 18th Sep 2010
Susan Riddell
wrote:
To Major James Joshua Bowman I knew you as Scot ten/nine years ago. You were gorgeous We sadly lost in touch with each other, over the years you tryed to contact me, The tradedy of your loss is beyond words you will ever be forgotten always in my heart RIP
Remembrance Messages
On 31st Jul 2010
simon rongmei
wrote:
Buddy Josh,
Soldiers neverdie they just fade away. Your life and death is an inspiration to one and all. you kept the sacred gurkha creed ' kafar hunu bhanda marnu ramro'. Meet you in Lord's good time meanwhile take care. missing you lot buddy. jaiGurkha, Jai Josh !
Remembrance Messages
On 15th Jul 2010
James McCurdy
wrote:
To a brave soldier.R.I.P. Condolences to your girlfriend Lucy, family and friends.
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This is an online tribute dedicated to the memory of Major James Joshua Bowman. Major James Joshua Bowman from 1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles was tragically killed in Afghanistan on Tuesday 13 July 2010.
Major Josh Bowman was 34 years old and from Salisbury. He started his career in the British Army as a rifle platoon commander in B Company 1st Battalion The Light Infantry having commissioned from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 1999.
As a rifle platoon commander he deployed to Northern Ireland as part of the Rural Reinforcement Battalion.
In Northern Ireland he operated from an isolated patrol base and for his outstanding performance throughout this tour he was awarded a General Officer...

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