Rupert was from Wolverhampton and attached to 2nd Battalion, The Mercian Regiment (Worcesters and Foresters). He was killed by an IED, improvised explosive device.
Lieutenant Colonel Colin Marks, Commanding Officer, 2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment said of Rupert, "The bravest of the brave, he died as he lived, leading from the front in the face of the enemy. His brother officers loved him dearly and we will remember him for his infectious smile and wicked sense of humour. I know he was looking forward to rejoining his family later this month when his tour was due to finish. Rest easy brother, your duty is done. You will live in our hearts forever and we will never forget you."
The death of Captain Bowers brings the UK death toll in Afghanistan to 405. RIP