Memorable Manitobans: Allan Shafer Bowman (1906-1941)
Born at Goodlands on 30 July 1906, the only child of Edward Allan Bowman and Lily May Shafer, he grew up in Waskada and attended Waskada School, winning the Governor General’s Medal in eighth grade. He attended the Central Normal School then became a teacher, serving at Oak River School (1925). His was later the Principal at Pierson School (1927-1929), East Poplar Point School (1929-1930), and Polson School (1930-1932) in East Kildonan before earning a BA (1933) from the University of Manitoba. He joined the Winnipeg School Division and taught at Isaac Newton School (1933-1936), General Wolfe School (1936-1939), and Daniel McIntyre Collegiate (1939-1940) until being granted leave on 2 September 1939. Prior to the Second World War, he served in the Winnipeg Light Infantry and held a commission in the Winnipeg Grenadiers (Royal Canadian Infantry Corps) following his teaching leave. On 30 March 1940, he married Margaret Azilda Malone at St. Ignatius Chapel in Winnipeg. He deployed to Hong Kong with the Grenadiers and was Commanding Officer of D Company. He died in the Battle of Hong Kong on 19 December 1941 and is commemorated on the Sai Wan Memorial at Victoria, Hong Kong.
Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
“Entrance examination results for all Manitoba Divisions announced,” Manitoba Free Press, 18 July 1919, page 4.
“Bachelor of Arts,” Winnipeg Free Press, 17 May 1933, page 4.
“Engagements [Bowman - Malone],” Winnipeg Free Press, 23 March 1940, page 12.
“Quiet ceremony unites Margaret Azilda Malone and Captain Allan S. Bowman,” Winnipeg Tribune, 1 April 1940, page 9.
[Photo caption, Captain Allan S. Bowman], Winnipeg Free Press, 1 April 1940, page 6.
“Killed,” Winnipeg Free Press, 7 January 1943, page 1.
“Capt. A. S. Bowman,” Winnipeg Free Press, 7 January 1943, page 1.
Canadian Virtual War Memorial, Veterans Affairs Canada.
This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.
Page revised: 15 April 2015
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