Alfred Bowmer (1886–1972)


Royal Engineers   5th Coy; 25th Battalion

Photos courtesy Margaret Bowmer

Alfred Bowmer in 1922

Alfred Bowmer in 1922

The Bowmers were a well-known sporting family at Crich. Alfred, the oldest of five boys, was born and raised at Crich and was a noted footballer, playing for Chesterfield F.C. from 1911–1914. He was a carpenter by trade. During the war he served in the UK with the 25th (Works) Battalion. He married in Elsie Gaunt 7 August 1916 at Crich and had four children. In 1923, with joiner John Kirkland, he co-founded the firm of Bowmer & Kirkland, building contractors. The family lived at Duffield. Alfred and Elsie had four children: Frank (1917), Vernon (1922), Eileen (1924) and Marian (1928).

Alfred Bowmer family c1930s

Alfred, Elsie, Eileen, Marian and Frank Bowmer c1930s

Alfred Bowmer and his car

Alfred Bowmer and his car, date unknown

Children of Alfred Bowmer

Alfred's children: Marian, Frank, Eileen and Vernon c 1930

On the registration of Alfred's son, Frank, in 1917 he recorded his occupation as: Private, 5th Company, 25th Works Battalion, Royal Engineers(carpenter). As the Royal Engineers did not have works battalions it is possibly a combination of two regiments. The the Durham Light Infantry, had a 25th (Works) Battalion, which was later absorbed into the Labour Corps. So there is an assumption that he may have served with the DLI as well as the RE.

Chesterfield FC Record
Played right-half for Chesterfield Town; born 12/3/1886 at Fritchley; died 12/9/1972.
Played 1911-1914 seasons. Previously played for Alfreton; moved from Chesterfield to play for Crich.
Played 98 times and scored 2 goals.

Crich Area Community News article

Article on Bowmer brothers

From "Lucky Whites and Spireites" by Stuart Basson

Newspaper Report

Derbyshire Courier, 8 November 1919
Alfred Bowmer the former Chesterfield half-back was in fine form for Crich, who defeated Youlgreave in the Cavendish Cup Competition.

Alfred's brothers Arthur Bowmer, Ernest Bowmer and Vernon Bowmer are also on the Roll of Honour.


1891: Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
John Bowmer Head 28 Quarryman Crich
Mary Ann Bowmer wife 27   Crich
Alfred Bowmer son 5 Scholar Crich
Arthur Bowmer son 3   Crich
Ernest Bowmer son 1   Crich
Isaac Walters boarder 43 General labourer Swanwick

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1901: Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
John Bowmer Head 38 General stone getter Crich
Mary Ann Bowmer wife 38   Crich
Alfred Bowmer son 15 Joiners apprentice Crich
Arthur Bowmer son 13   Crich
Ernest Bowmer son 11   Crich
John James Bowmer son 7   Crich
Vernon Bowmer son 5   Crich

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1911: Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
John Bowmer Head 47 Contractor in coal mine Crich
Mary Ann Bowmer wife 47   Crich
Alfred Bowmer son 25 Carpenter Crich
John James Bowmer son 17 School Crich
Vernon Bowmer son 15 School Crich

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1918 Voters List
Alfred Bowmer, The Common, absent on military service.

1939 Register: Lea Holme, Derby Road (Milford area)
Alfred Bowmer b.12 March 1886; building contractor
Elsie Bowmer b.15 November 1889
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