Funeral of Captain Bowers

Captain Bowers
Captain Bowers funeral takes place in Shropshire Photo: ITV Central

The funeral of Captain Rupert Bowers will take place in Shropshire today. He was killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan last month.

Captain Bowers was born in Wolverhampton and lived near Oakham in Rutland.

The full military service will be at 11am at St Bartholomew's Church near Market Drayton.

Repatriation
Captain Bowers' body was repatriated last month Credit: ITV Central

Captain Bowers leaves behind his wife Victoria, his newly-born son Hugo, his parents Patrick and Jane and sister Juliet.

He served with 2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment and was attached to 2nd Battalion The Rifles. He was operating as an advisor to the Afghan National Army.

Captain Bowers was a pupil at Old Swinford Hospital School in Stourbridge and remained involved with the school's Combined Cadet Force - making recent visits there.

Captain Bowers at school
Captain Bowers was a pupil at Old Swinford Hospital School in Stourbridge Credit: ITV Central

After studying he was commissioned into 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment in April 2007.

Passing the Platoon Commanders' Battle Course in Brecon he joined his regiment in Afghanistan in 2007 where his actions during a complex ambush resulted in him being 'Mentioned in Dispatches'.

In 2008, he spoke to an ITV Central documentary team about surviving an ambush by the Taliban.

Upon return from Afghanistan he deployed on exercises in Jamaica and later to Kenya, as a Fire Support Group Commander after qualifying as a Machine Gun Specialist.

Captain Bowers' family described him as a "kind, caring and thoughtful man who was selfless in his actions as a brave courageous soldier."