Bowlby was educated at Charterhouse School and was an Exhibitioner of Balliol College, Oxford.
Oxford University Athletics Club 1884-1887, President 1886. Assistant Master at Eton College 1887-1909
Canon of Chichester 1925-1930. Father of Captain Henry Russell Bowlby, also a Master at Lancing.
He was succeeded as Headmaster of Lancing by Cuthbert Harold Blakiston.
Died 7 February 1940. He was the son of Henry Bond Bowlby, Bishop Suffragan of Coventry.