Mr David John "Dai" Bowen
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).
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.
Philip Hind (Editor)
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