The following obituary for William Bowles appeared in the Times newspaper.
|Obituary in the Times newspaper
|3 July 1869
|Death of Sir W. Bowles. - Admiral of the Fleet Sir William Bowles, K.C.B., died yesterday morning at his residence, 14, Hill-street, Berkeley-square. The deceased officer entered the navy very shortly after Nelson, whose career terminated nearly 65 years ago. Sir William was not fortunate enough to have figured prominently in any great naval engagement, but it is generally admitted that he possessed great administrative talents. He was promoted to the rank of captain in 1807, and held office under successive Boards of Admiralty at Whitehall, and at the Custom-house as Controller of the Coastguard. He was also repeatedly employed afloat. His last appointment was as Commander-In-Chief at Portsmouth, which he resigned before the expiration of the ordinary term, owing to something like a reprimand having been conveyed to him from the Admiralty for his apparent want of judgment, in allowing an unseemly émeute to break out in one of Her Majesty's ships which had just returned from a foreign station. Sir William Bowles was an ardent supporter of the Royal Naval School at Newcross, and only a few weeks since attended a meeting of the corporation and made an interesting speech on the various points at issue. Sir William's death will advance Sir Georgo Rose Sartorius to the rank of Admiral of the Fleet, and will give Mr. Childers an opportunity of distributing a good deal of patronage - the post of Vice-Admiral and Rear-Admiral of the United Kingdom, of Commander-in-Chief in China, and of a naval Aide-de-Camp to Her Majesty. - Pall-mall Gazette.