Alfred Bowmer (1886–1972)


Royal Engineers   5th Coy; 25th Battalion

Photo courtesy Margaret Bowmer

Alfred Bowmer in 1922

Alfred Bowmer in 1922

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.

Alfred Bowmer married Elsie Gaunt 7 August 1916 at Crich; he was aged 30 and worked as a carpenter.
Went on in 1923 to co-found Bowmer & Kirkland with Robert Kirkland a bricklayer, Alfred was a joiner.

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

Alfred and Elsie had four children: Frank (1917), Vernon (1922), Eileen (1924) and Marian (1928).

Photos courtesy Margaret Bowmer

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

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

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.

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


1891: Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
John Bowmer Head 28 Quarryman Crich
Mary Ann   wife 27   Crich
Alfred   son 5 Scholar Crich
Arthur   son 3   Crich
Ernest   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   wife 38   Crich
Alfred   son 15 Joiners apprentice Crich
Arthur   son 13   Crich
Ernest   son 11   Crich
John James   son 7   Crich
Vernon   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   wife 47   Crich
Alfred   son 25 Carpenter Crich
John James   son 17 School Crich
Vernon   son 15 School Crich

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