John Anthony Nowers was one of a dozen vicars' sons from Rutland to have been killed in the First World War. He was born in Market Harborough but was living in Tinwell and working as a bank clerk before the war. He enlisted on 5 September 1915 into the 26th Battalion Royal Fusiliers, known as the Bankers' Battalion. He went abroad on 4 May the following year, and fought in France and Flanders, including the Battle of Flers during the Somme. John was injured in fighting at Messines Ridge on 7 June 1917, and while lying waiting to be moved to a casualty station he was killed by a shell. He was 28. John is buried in Voormezeele Enclosure No 3, near Ypres, grave VIII.J.21 and is remembered on Tinwell's war memorial.
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