Wells MP James Heappey pays tribute to Chilcompton’s Private Leslie Bowen

Wells MP James Heappey has requested a tribute to Private Leslie Bowen be made on his behalf ahead of D-Day 76 tomorrow (Saturday).

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission has launched its Remembering Normandy Initiative to allow tributes to be laid on your behalf, with tributes unable to take place as they would have done as a result of Covid-19.

Private Leslie Bowen was from Chilcompton in the Wells constituency and Mr Heappey has expressed his gratitude to be able to pay tribute in this way.

He said: “At this time of year, thousands of us would be in Normandy remembering the bravery and sacrifice of those who fought to free Europe from Nazi tyranny.

“I am grateful, therefore, to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission for laying tributes on our behalf, as they have done at my request for Private Leslie Bowen from the village of Chilcompton.

“We must remember their sacrifice  and so I encourage everyone to ask CWGC to lay a tribute on their behalf.”

You can request a tribute here: https://www.cwgc.org/share-your-tribute/normandy-tribute


Private Leslie George Bowen

DOD: 13/08/1944

Age: 30

Unit: 5th bn, Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry

Hometown: Chilcompton, Somerset

Headstone Inscription: “Deep in our hearts a memory is kept of one we loved and will never forget”