GOWER, Erasmus Francis
Lieutenant (later Captain)
Wednesday, September 9, 1953
Lieutenant Erasmus Francis Gower was attached from the Royal Artillery to No.47RM Commando in 1944 . On the 11th July 1947 Lt. Gower relinquished his commission and was granted the honorary rank of Captain .
On the 9th September 1953 Erasmus Gower was an accountant working in Hong Kong. He was also a Liaison Officer for the Royal Hong Kong Defence Force. He was invited as an observer onto a naval patrol of Her Majesty’s Motor Launch (HMML) 1323, of the Hong Kong Flotilla based at H.M.S. Tamar. The ML was attacked and shelled by a Chinese communist gunboat on the Pearl River .
Captain Gower and six others on board were killed in this incident.  + .
 Navy Lists October 1944 Volume 2 Page 1104. (page 260 on National Library of Scotland website list).
 London Gazettes Supp. 38012, page 3202.
 South China Morning Post article 8th September 2018.
 Commando Association newsletter 18 issued March 1954.
Grave reference: Plot 17---/07/08-
Hong Kong Cemetery, formerly known as HK Happy Valley Cemetery and HK Colonial Cemetery.
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