Richard Charles Waudby Bowery

Richard Charles Waudby Bowery

The ill-starred attack on Dieppe, August 19, 1942, robbed Brantford of one of its finest young men in the person of Capt. Richard Charles Waudby Bowery, who was known to most of his friends here as "Bud". He was one of the popular officers of the Dufferin and Haldimand Rifles of Canada, enlisting two years before war was declared. He was among the first of the officers of "the Duffs" to be transferred to the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry, and he proceeded overseas as a lieutenant. He was subsequently promoted to the rank of captain, and two months before Dieppe was appointed to command "D" Company of the R.H.L.I. During his stay in England he had received intensive commando training and so was ready for the Dieppe assignment. Posthumously he was Mentioned in Dispatches for his bravery. As a young man he was well known here as a telegrapher of the Canadian National Telegraphs Office, and later as a member of the staff of J, M. Ferguson and Company. He was also outstanding because of his flying activities, being one of the most prominent members of the Brant-Norfolk Aero Club, of which, before the war, he was President. He was one of the crack shots of the Brant Revolver Club, and active in the Wesley United Church tennis and badminton clubs. He leaves to proudly cherish his memory his widow, who herself subsequently served overseas as a lieutenant in the Canadian Red Cross Auxiliary. His mother is Mrs. Charles M. Bowery.

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