Mr David "Dai" John Bowen, 21, was a collier living at Baglan Street, Treherbert, Rhondda, Wales, with his widowed mother. He was a professional boxer and was the Welsh lightweight champion. He was travelling to the USA under contract for a series of boxing contests. He was accompanied by fellow Welshman and boxer Leslie Williams (1). His ring weight was described as a few pounds heavier than Leslie Williams' 122 pounds. He was regarded as a promising fighter.
Bowen was married. He and Williams booked passage through the Cardiff office of Dean and Dawson, tourist and steamship agents, 67 St. Mary's Street, Cardiff (ticket number 54636, £16 pounds 2 shillings).
Courtesy of Martin Bell, UK
They boarded the Titanic at Southampton as third class passengers.
Dai Bowen wrote a letter to his mother dated 11 April 1912 his words include 'This is a lovely boat, she is very near so big as Treherbert ...'
Bowen died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified.
- They were trained in South Wales by George Cundick. In his younger days George had been sent to India with the British Army, where he won many trophies for his boxing talents.
References and Sources
South Wales Daily News, 17 April 1912, p.12
South Wales Daily News, 10 May 1912, p.5
South Wales Echo, 15th April 1912, p.3
Martin Bell, UK
Mrs N. Jones (Great Niece of Dai Bowen)
Dave Gittins, Australia
David Huxtable, UK
Sian Prescott, UK
Karan Price, UK (Granddaughter of George Cundick)
Articles and Stories
Chicago Inter Ocean (1912)
Chicago Examiner (1912)