Bowra, Sir (Cecil) Maurice
- Leslie Mitchell
Bowra, Sir (Cecil) Maurice (1898–1971), classical scholar and university administrator, was born in Kiukiang, China, on 8 April 1898, the son of Cecil Arthur Verner Bowra (1869–1947), a senior official in the Chinese customs service, and his wife, Ethel, née Lovibond. His childhood was exotic. Chinese servants, carousing Russian soldiers, and the endless prospect of a Japanese invasion made for a colourful upbringing. In later life he admitted that he had been 'spoiled' as a child, but thought 'it was well worth it, and I have nothing but gratitude to those who did it' (...