Ernest Bowmer (1898–1974)


Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment) 118545 1/5th Battalion

Photo courtesy Janette Pendleton

Ernest Bowmer in WW1


A native of Crich, Ernest’s mother and father passed away in 1907 and 1908, repetitively, leaving twelve young children who were split between relatives and adoptive parents. Ernest remained at Crich and was adopted by William and Lizzie Piggin. He worked as a stone delver in the quarries. During the war, he served with the 1/5th Foresters and likely enlisted in Feb 1916. After demob, he relocated to South Normanton and worked as a collier. He married Rebecca E Street in 1926 and after her death he married Doris Fletcher in 1936. He had a daughter and two sons.

Samuel or Ernest Bowmer in ww1

Medal Roll Index
Awarded Victory and British War Medals.

Ernest's brothers Harry BOWMER, John BOWMER and Samuel BOWMER are also on the Roll of Honour.


1901: Top of Town, Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
John Bowmer Head 36 Quarry man Crich
Hannah M Bowmer wife 32   Crich
Lizzie Bowmer son 11   Crich
William F. Bowmer son 10   Crich
John Bowmer son 8   Crich
Samuel Bowmer son 6   Crich
Rebecca Bowmer daughter 5   Crich
Harry Bowmer son 4   Crich
Ernest Bowmer son 3   Crich
Frances Bowmer daughter 2   Crich

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1911: Near Church, Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
William Piggin Head 42 Sexton Crich Church Crich
Lizzie Piggin wife 42   Crich
Phoebe Piggin daughter 14 Spinner cotton factory Crich
Lizzie Piggin daughter 9   Crich
Ernest Bowmer adopted son 13 Delver in stone quarry Crich

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1939 Register: Blackwell
Ernest Bowmer b.28 January 1898; colliery hewer, below ground
Dorothy Bradley (Bowmer) b.28 December 1926; school
two closed records