Walter Bower (1916 - 1943)

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Walter Bower
1916 - 1943
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c. 1916
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February 27, 1943
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Walter Bower was born c. 1916. He died on February 27, 1943 at 27 years old.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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Sheffield (city Road) Cemetery Sec. C.2. Grave 3698. in United Kingdom
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Service number: lt/jx.261272
Rank: Seaman
Regiment: Royal Naval Patrol Service
Unit/ship/squadron: H.m. Trawler Lord Hailsham.

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Walter Bower passed away on February 27, 1943 at 27 years old. He was buried in Sheffield (city Road) Cemetery Sec. C.2. Grave 3698., United Kingdom. He was born c. 1916. There is no information about Walter's surviving family.

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In 1916, in the year that Walter Bower was born, the Battle of Verdun was fought from February through December. It was the largest and longest battle of World War I, lasting 303 days. The original estimates were 714,231 casualties - 377,231 French and 337,000 German, an average of 70,000 casualties a month. Current estimates are even larger. The Battle of the Somme was also fought from July through September of the same year. Original estimates were 485,000 British and French casualties and 630,000 German casualties.

In 1920, Walter was only 4 years old when on January 1, over 6000 people were arrested and put in prison because they were suspected of being communists. . Many had to be released in a few weeks and only 3 guns were found in their homes. The U.S. Department of Justice "red hunt" netted thousands of "radicals" and suspected "communists" and aliens were deported. But the "hunt" ended after Attorney General Palmer forecast a massive radical uprising on May Day and the day passed without incident.

In 1929, when he was only 13 years old, the St. Valentine's Day Massacre happened on February 14th. In Chicago, seven men from the North Side Irish gang were gunned down by Al Capone's South Side Italian gang at the garage at 2122 North Clark Street. Al Capone was making a successful move to take over Chicago's organized crime. But the St. Valentine's Day massacre also resulted in a public outcry against all gangsters.

In 1935, Walter was 19 years old when on August 14, the Social Security Act was signed into law. The purpose was to "provide federal assistance to those unable to work". The law established the Social Security Administration whose primary focus was to "provide aid for the elderly, the unemployed, and children". The Act survived many Supreme Court challenges and the Administration continues until today.

In 1943, in the year of Walter Bower's passing, on June 20th through June 22nd, the Detroit Race Riot erupted at Belle Isle Park. The rioting spread throughout the city (made worse by false rumors of attacks on blacks and whites) and resulted in the deployment of 6,000 Federal troops. 34 people were killed, (25 of them black) - mostly by white police or National Guardsmen, 433 were wounded (75 percent of them black) and an estimated $2 million of property was destroyed. The same summer, there were riots in Beaumont, Texas and Harlem, New York.

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