|Royal Engineers||5th Coy; 25th Battalion|
Photos courtesy Margaret Bowmer
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).
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
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.
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|John||Bowmer||Head||38||General stone getter||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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