- Place of Use Continent - North America, Country - Canada
- Category Communication artifacts
- Sub-category Personal symbol
- Department Arms and Technology
- Museum CWM
- Earliest 1919/12/01
- Latest 1919/12/31
- Inscription 636860 Pte C. C. BOWDEN; STERLING
- Support loose
- Materials Sterling silver
- Rank Private
- Service Component Canadian Expeditionary Force
- Person / Institution Subject, Bowden, Private Charles Cecil
- Measurements Length 4.9 cm, Width 3.6 cm, Thickness 0.2 cm
- Caption Medals Project- Bowden, Charles Cecil
Charles Cecil Bowden was born in Belleville, Ontario, on 22 December 1896.
Bowden was working as a grocery clerk when he enlisted in the 155th Battalion in Belleville, on 18 March 1916. He sailed to England with his unit on SS Northland on 18 October 1916 and was appointed acting lance corporal the same day. After arriving at Camp Bramshott, a Canadian military facility in Hampshire, Bowden requested to revert to the rank of private, so that he could proceed to France. His request granted, he was transferred to the 2nd Battalion and joined the unit in France on 9 December 1916.
On 27 February 1917, Bowden was hospitalized at No. 7 General Hospital in Saint-Omer, France, suffering from mumps. He returned to the 2nd Battalion on 20 March 1917.
On 3 May 1917, Bowden was reported wounded during the Battle of Fresnoy. Nine days later, on 12 May 1917, the report was changed to wounded and missing. On 28 January 1918, Canadian military authorities declared that Bowden, who was still missing, was presumed to have died on or after 3 May 1917.
Charles Cecil Bowden is commemorated on the Canadian National Vimy Memorial, on Vimy Ridge, in France.