20 December 2009

Pte 17617 Daniel F Dowling

Daniel Dowling was born in Hackney and grew up at 9 Hamburg Street, the son of a leather cutter. Also living in the house was his uncle and his family. At the outbreak of War Daniel enlisted in the West Ham Battalion at Stratford.

He was killed during the initial stages of the failed attack on a heavily defended German position known as the Quadrilateral on the 13th November 1916 and now lies buried at Serre Road Cemetary. He was just 18 years old.

image courtesy of Bob Lamy - Daniel was related to Bob's great grandads second wife, Elizabeth Dowling.