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Rushden Echo, 8th February 1901, transcribed by Kay Collins
Private E Cowley

Death of an Ambulance Man—Private Edward Cowley, a member of the Higham Ambulance Corps, who died a victim to enteric fever last week, was buried on Saturday at Graffham, near St. Neots. Deceased, who served six months in South Africa, recently

Returned to Higham in company with Private Quincey. After spending Sunday at Higham Private Cowley went to his parents’ home at Graffham, there he developed symptoms of typhoid, death taking place on Thursday. He was a member of the Higham Ferrers Wesleyan Church, and was a Sunday school teacher and a Band of Hope worker, besides which he was one of the founders of the young Men’s Christian Institute, by the members of which he was presented with a writing case on his departure to the front for ambulance work. Deceased, who was about 23 years of age, was a young man of high moral character and was greatly esteemed by the Higham Ferrers Wesleyans and by all who came into contact with him. The Ambulance Corps will shortly hold a memorial service at Higham. Last Sunday night, in the presence of a congregation which crowded the Wesleyan Chapel in every part, the Rev. G. H. Hayes made a touching allusion to the death of Private Cowley, and paid a high tribute to his moral character. Miss Blakesley, of Northampton, sang very sweetly “There is a green hill,” Miss Agnes Groome presiding at the organ.

Rushden Echo, 22nd February 1901

Impressive Memorial Service at Higham Ferrers

Another of those services, alas! only too familiar during the past few months—services held in memory of devoted members of the Ambulance Corps who have fallen victims to enteric fever—was held at the Wesleyan Chapel, Higham Ferrers, on Sunday night. The deceased young man was Edward Cowley, a native of Graffham, and resided for some time at Higham Ferrers. He was attached to the Higham Ambulance Corps, and volunteered for service in South Africa. He returned at Christmas, but was taken ill with enteric fever, supposed to have been contracted before returning home.

Among those present were about 100 members of various local Ambulance Corps, including Higham Ferrers, Rushden, Wellingborough, Irthlingborough, Ringstead, Wollaston, Bozeat and Finedon.

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