27 November 2017

Casualties of Cambrai: Lieutenant Gavin Patrick Bowes-Lyon

Today marks 100 years since Lieutenant Gavin Patrick Bowes-Lyon was killed during the Battle of Cambrai. Here is more about him and his royal connection.

Lieutenant Gavin Patrick Bowes-Lyon

3rd Bn, Grenadier Guards

Died: 27 November 1917

Aged: 20

Buried in: CWGC Cambrai Memorial, Louverval, Nord, France. Panel 2

Gavin was the son of the Hon. Patrick Bowes-Lyon and the Hon. Mrs. P. Bowes-Lyon. He was the cousin of Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, later Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother.

Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon lost her brother Captain the Hon. Fergus Bowes-Lyon, of the Black Watch, who was killed at Loos in 1915, as well as two cousins: Lieutenant Charles Lindsay Claude Bowes-Lyon, who was killed at Ypres in 1914, and Lieutenant Gavin Patrick Bowes-Lyon.

Gavin served with the 3rd Battalion of the Grenadier Guards and was killed in action during the Battle of Cambrai. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the CWGC Cambrai Memorial.


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