Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1944, Lance Serjeant Reginald Fowler, 9th Battalion, the Parachute Regiment, was killed in action in Normandy.
After the outbreak of the second world war he had enlisted in the Essex Regiment and then volunteered for airborne services. Early in 1943 he took parachute training at R.A.F. Ringway in Cheshire and was posted to C Company, 14 Platoon, 9th Battalion, the Parachute Regiment.
The following year Lance Serjeant Fowler took part in Operation Overlord. He went home on leave for a few days in July of 1944, as his first child was due to be born, but his wife’s labour was lengthy. He had to return to his company and sadly did not live to see his son. A soldier who was injured during the fighting in the Bois de Bavent, near Caen, was picked up by a jeep on the way to the medical station. He told how Lance Serjeant Fowler was already on the jeep, severely wounded and lying on a stretcher, but he died while they were still travelling to the medical station.
Lance Serjeant Fowler’s commanding officer wrote to his widow – the letter contains this praise: “We were in more than one tight corner during that period and I want you to know that your late husband always displayed great fortitude and courage and I was very privileged to have him in my platoon”. He lies buried in the Ranville War Cemetery, Calvados, France.
Reginald, from Grays in Essex, was 29 years old and married.