GOWER, Erasmus Francis

Lieutenant (later Captain)
Royal Artillery
Service number: 
Died : 
Wednesday, September 9, 1953
Lieutenant Erasmus Francis Gower was attached from the Royal Artillery to No.47RM Commando in 1944 [1]. On the 11th July 1947 Lt. Gower relinquished his commission and was granted the honorary rank of Captain [2]. 
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 [3].
Captain Gower and six others on board were killed in this incident. [3] + [4].
[1] Navy Lists October 1944 Volume 2 Page 1104.  (page 260 on  National Library of Scotland website list).
[2] London Gazettes Supp. 38012, page 3202.
[3] South China Morning Post article 8th September 2018.
[4] 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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