29 Aug 1975 – 13 Jul 2010
Major James Joshua Bowman (Josh), commander of A Company, 1st Battalion the Royal Gurkha Rifles, was killed on Tuesday 13 July 2010 along with two colleagues whilst serving in Afghanistan. He led his company through some of the toughest fighting experienced by the Battlegroup, balancing the softer side of population counter insurgency with a genuine ability to motivate and lead his company onto the offensive when required. He is deeply missed by his family, friends and army colleagues.
This June, in memory of Josh and to raise sponsorship for his preferred charities, a four-person team ‘Swift and Bold’ will compete in the Race Across America (RAAM) 2011.
RAAM is an annual 9-day non-stop endurance race in which cyclists race 3000 miles from the west coast (Oceanside, California) to east coast (Annapolis, Maryland) of America.
The racing team consists of his sister, half-brother, a childhood friend and an army colleague. The support crew will include other friends and family members.
One of the Bastion Batons (www.thebaton.co.uk), made from a stretcher used in Afghanistan, will be passed from racer to racer across the 3000 miles, as a message of support for the men and women in the services.
The team will raise money for three of Josh’ favoured charities –
Thank you for your support!