Oswald Bower (1895–1959)


Royal Field Artillery 63274  
Royal Horse Artillery 63274  

Oswald was a cousin of the noted collector Denys Eyre Bower of Chiddington Castle, Kent. He worked at a local co-operative store for most of his working life, becoming the branch manager. He entered France in Sept 1915, serving as a driver with the RFA. Returning home to Crich in Jan 1919, he married Gertrude Littlewood in 1927 March qtr (Belper reg district) and had a son. The family lived at West Bank, Crich, before moving to Bulling Lane.

Medal Index Card
He served in France from 26 September 1915 as a driver. He was awarded the Victory, British War and 15 Star medals.
Oswald Bower: Driver; Royal Artillery (Royal Horse Artillery and Royal Field Artillery) 63274

Newspaper Report

Derbyshire Courier 18 January 1919
Amongst the soldiers who arrived at Crich this week discharged, are Driver Oswald Bower, the Cross, and Driver Edward Coleman, Hilts Cottages

Derbyshire Courier 1 April 1919
At Crich parish church on Saturday the wedding took place of Mr John Davis eldest son of Mr and Mrs William Davis of Alfreton and Miss Jane A Bower, eldest daughter of Mr and Mrs C Bower of Crich. The ceremony was performed by the Rev G A Wigram, vicar of Lea and Holloway. The bride was given away by her brother, Driver Oswald Bower, RFA


1901: Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Charles Bower Head 35 General labourer Crich
Harriet Bower wife 31   Ripley
Oswald Bower son 6   Crich
Jannie Bower daughter 1   Crich

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1911: The Cross, Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Charles Robt. Bower Head 45 Wire Mills labourer Crich
Harriet Bower wife 40   Ripley
Oswald Bower son 16 Cooperative shop worker Crich
Jannie Bower daughter 11   Crich
Samuel Bower son 8   Crich
Marion Bower daughter 4   Crich
Dorothy Bower daughter 1   Crich

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1918 Voters List
Oswald Bower, Near Cross, absent on military service.

1939 Register: Crich
Oswald Bower b.6 March 1895; Co-operative branch manager
Gertrude Bower b.17 September 1915
Peter E Bower b.6 August 1927; school