Harry Bowmer (1897–1978)

Able Seaman

Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve B.Z/9820 HMS VictoryVI; Vivid III; President III; Devonshire

Photo courtesy Janette Pendleton

Harry Bowmer in WW1

Harry was raised by the Stocks family after his parents’ early deaths. His brothers Samuel, John and Ernest had also been adopted. Enlisting with the RNVR as a stoker in Sept 1916, he had land-based postings until serving aboard HMS Devonshire from April 1918 to June 1919. Devonshire had been transferred to the Atlantic in Dec 1916 to protect Allied shipping. He married Winifred Ratheram at Birmingham in 1920, had a family and lived at Southwell, Notts.

Harry Bowmer in WW1

Medal Index Record: Navy WW1
Awarded the Victory & British War Medals.

RNVR Service Record
Born on 21 January 1897. He enlisted as a stoker on the 25 September 1916. His height was 5ft 6¾; and had fair hair, grey eyes, and a fresh complexion. There was a scar on his left cheek
13/11/16 to 06/05/17 Victory VI
07/05/17 to 26/08/17 Vivid III
27/08/17 to 30/10/17 President III
31/10/17 to 31/03/18 Vivid III
01/04/18 to 30/06/19 Devonshire to demob
Character throughout was good and very good .

Harry BOWMER's brothers, Samuel BOWMER, John BOWMER and Ernest 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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Harry's mother died in 1907 and his father the following year. The children were brought up by relatives or adoptive parents.

1911: Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Charles Stocks Head 62 Labourer wiremills Crich
Elizabeth Stocks wife 59   Crich
Samuel Stocks son 28 Coal miner hewer Crich
William Stocks son 20 Coal miner hewer Crich
Polly Stocks daughter 18   Crich
Harry Bowmer adopted son 14 Colliery pony driver Crich

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1939 Register: Thoresby Villas, Southwell
Harry Bowmer b.21 January 1897; coal miner, special constable
Winifred Bowmer 20 January 1896
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