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Pictured: Letter informing Mrs Bowen of her husband's death in WW1<br />
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A First World War battlefield poppy which a tragic Tommy sent to his wife before he was killed in action has been discovered a century later.<br />
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Private James Bowen, of the King's Shropshire Light Infantry, picked the flower in the summer of 1915 in Northern France.<br />
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He put it in an envelope with an embroidered flowers postcard addressed 'to my darling wife, love to you from your loving husband'.<br />
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In September 1917, Pte Bowen, who boasted morale with his 'cheery' demeanour, was killed instantly by a shell during an attack.<br />
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His grieving widow, from Edgeley, Stockport, Greater Manchester, kept hold of the poppy, his campaign medals and the letter informing her of his death.