Corporal F Bowers served with the Life Guards during the Second World War. During service with the Guards from 1940 to January 1942. He transferred to Airborne service with B Coy, 4th Parachute Battalion in mid-1942 and took part in the Battalion action in North Africa, Sicily and Italy, after passing Course No 15 in June 1942 as part of several Guardsman joining the 4th Battalion.
Corporal Bowers was injured during fighting at Monte Cassino on 7 January 1944, and later evacuated by Hospital ship Somerset to the UK in the Spring of 1944. After successfully recovering from his wounds after 10 months in Hospital, he went on to join the Infantry Training Depot at Aldershot and the Isle of Wight after the war in 1945-46, from which he was finally demobbed in November 1946.
Corporal Bowers never relinquished his Guards roots and remains in contact with the veteran community, as an affiliated member of the Guards Parachute Association.