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Eldred W. Bowyer-Bower, an officer in the R.F.C killed in France, appears to his sister as a ghost



Type of Spiritual Experience

Inter composer communication

Number of hallucinations: 1


A description of the experience

Journal S.P.R. Volume xxxiii p170 [ as quoted in Tyrrell, G N M - The Personality of Man]

In the next example … the percipient was married and lived in India. Her half-brother, Eldred W. Bowyer-Bower, was an officer in the R.F.C. In the early morning of 19th March, 1917, he was shot down and killed in France.

"My brother," she says, "appeared to me on the 19th March, 1917. At the time I was either sewing or talking to my baby-I cannot remember quite what I was doing at that moment. The baby was on the bed. I had a very strong feeling that I must turn round; on doing so I saw my brother, Eldred W Bowyer-Bower. Thinking he was alive and had been sent out to India, I was simply delighted to see him and turned round quickly to put baby in a safe place on the bed, so that I could go on talking to my brother, then turned again and put my hand out to him, when I found he was not there. I thought he was only joking, so I called him and looked everywhere I could think of looking. It was only when I could not find him that I became very frightened and the awful fear that he might be dead. I felt very sick and giddy. I think it was two o'clock the baby was christened and in the church I felt he was there, but I could not see him. Two weeks later I saw in the paper he was missing yet I could not bring myself to believe he had passed away."

Allowing for difference of time, the vision coincided very nearly with the time of the accident.

The source of the experience

Ordinary person

Concepts, symbols and science items


Science Items

Activities and commonsteps



Being badly wounded