Anthony Bowmer (1890–1956)

Private

Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment) 32419 11th & 4th (Extra Reserve) Battalions

Notes [Steve Morse]
Anthony was in 11th Battalion during his overseas service. The 4th (Extra Reserve) was a unit in the UK – stationed on the North Eastern coast defences around Sunderland. He was probably nominally put into 4th Extra Reserve prior to his discharge. Going by the date of entry to hospital it looks likely he was wounded on 7 October during the Capture of Le Sars.

Medal Roll Index
Anthony Bowmer enlisted 17 November 1915 and was discharged 19 October 1917, the result of being wounded, under para 392 . He was awarded the Victory and British Medals.

Silver War Badge Records
32419 Bowmer Anthony; badge 252,353; enlisted 17.11.15 discharged 19.10.17 (attested 23.2.16) Age 27-2; Wounds; served overseas

Field Ambulance Record
A Bowmer, aged 29
South African General Hospital 19804
Private 32419
Years Service: 1 year
Months with Field Force: 3 months
Ailment: Gunshot wounds; knee right IX1 and leg left IX4 (amputated)
Date of Admissionfor original ailment: 08/10/1916
Date transferred to sick convoy: 13/11/16
Number of days under treatment: 51
Notes written in the Observations column: Hospital Ship Asturias
Religion: C of E
Regiment: Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment)
Battalion: 4th (Extra Reserve) Battalion

Notes: Army Wound Classification – XI1 gunshot wound of the lower extremities, XI4 gunshot

Newspaper Report

Belper News
17 November 1916
CRICH BROTHERS WOUNDED
Mr and Mrs Joseph Bowmer of Crich Carr, have received a note from their son Private Anthony Bowmer, of the Notts and Derbys, who was seriously wounded last month and who is in hospital in France. A few weeks ago he had one of his legs amputated and now unfortunately the other leg, which was so badly injured by shrapnel at the time, has had to be removed also, otherwise his recovery would have been hopeless. He was a strong powerful man about 6 foot in height, age 26. He left school at 14 and went to Messrs Sims, Whatstandwell, to learn stone dressing. Afterwards he went to Mansfield and became a miner, from which place he enlisted about 18 months ago.
His brother Private Harry Bowmer who is also in the Notts and Derbys, got wounded last month, but recovered quickly and is again in the trenches. He is 22 years of age, worked at the Cliff Quarry, Crich, and join the Colours directly the War commenced.

Derbyshire Courier
4 August 1917
CRICH CASUALTIES
A chum of Private Harry Bowmer, Sherwood Foresters, of Crich Carr, has written to Mr and Mrs Bowmer informing them that their son has again been wounded. He writes: "Your son, Harry, landed at Southampton the other day and is going on a hospital train to the Midlands. Although wounded in the left arm he seemed to be getting on fine." Confirmation of the news was received from the Infantry Record Office, Lichfield, the official notification stating that Pte. Bowmer was wounded by gunshot in the left arm and had been admitted to the 11th Stationary Hospital, Rouen, on 20 July. Later Pte, Bowmer wrote himself, informing his parents that he was an inmate of the Stourbridge Section General Hospital. He says that although wounded he came off very lucky, as they had a warm time of it when "going over the top" in the Lens district. Pte. Bowmer was wounded last September, when he was hit by a piece of shell. His brother Pte. Anthony Bowmer, was also seriously wounded at the same time, being hit in both legs by gunshot.

1939 Register: Nottingham ( hospital)
Anthony Bowmer b.12 August 1890; general labourer building trade

CENSUS INFORMATION

1901: Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Joseph Bowmer Head 38 Limestone quarryman Crich
Harriet Bowmer wife 38   Bonsall
Anthony Bowmer son 10   Crich
Hannah Bowmer daughter 9   Crich
Magie Bowmer daughter 6   Crich
Harry Bowmer son 4   Crich
Mary Bowmer daughter 2   Crich

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1911: Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Joseph Bowmer Head 48 Midland Railway plate layer Crich
Harriet Bowmer wife 46   Youlgrave
Anthony Bowmer son 20 Delver in stone quarry Crich
Mary Hannah Bowmer daughter 19 Factory girl trimming Crich
Margaret Bowmer daughter 17 Factory girl frame worker Crich
Harry Bowmer son 16 Delver in stone quarry Crich
Mary Bowmer daughter 12 School Crich

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