John Bowmer (1893–1916)


Grenadier Guards
22950 3rd Battalion

Photo courtesy Janette Pendleton

John Bowmer in WW1

He was the son of John and Hannah Bowmer, of Crich. His mother died in 1907 aged thirty-nine and his father died in 1908 aged forty-three. Following his parents’ early deaths the children were being looked after by grandparents and adoptive parents. John lived with his grandmother Rebecca Wetton. He entered France in Oct 1915 and served with the 3rd Grenadier Guards. He was killed in action sometime between the 14th and 17th of September during the Battle of the Somme in 1916. He has no known grave, but is listed on the Thiepval Memorial, France, and on the war memorial at Crich.

The Thiepval Memorial is the Memorial to the Missing of the Somme. It bears the names of more than 72,000 officers and men who died in the Somme sector before 20th March 1918 and have no known grave. Over 90% of those commemorated died between July and November 1916.

John Bowmer ww1

Medal Index Record
He entered France on 20th October 1915. Awarded the Victory, British War and 15-Star Medals.

Newspaper Report
John was pictured in the Derbyshire Courier.

Derbyshire Courier 21 October 1916

John Bowmer WW1

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Initials J
Nationality United Kingdom
Rank Private
Regiment/Service Grenadier Guards
Service Number 22950
Unit 3rd Bn
Date of Death Between 14/09/16 and 17/09/16
Casualty type Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference Pier and face 8D

WW1 War Graves certificate for John Bowmer

Soldiers' Effects Book
Bowmer John; 3rd Bn Grenadier Guards; Private 22950; killed in action 17.9.16; War Gratuity £7; paid to relatives :
3.5.17 brothers William & Harry £1 8s 10d & £1 8s 9d;
14.6.17 Sisters Lizzie McColville & Frances £1 8s 9d each;
28.6.17 brothers William F & Ernest T £1 8s 10d & £1 8s 9d;
26.1.18 brother Benjamin £1 8s 9d;
19.11.18 sister Mary J £1 8s 9d;
8.7.19 sister Rebecca £1 8s 9d;
11.2.20 brother Albert 14 s 0d & £1 8s 9d;
6.2.19 brother William 14s 0d & £1 8s 9d;
9.1.20 brother Samuel 14s 0d

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


1901: Top of town, Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
John Bowmer Head 36 Quarryman Crich
Hannah M Bowmer wife 32   Crich
Lizzie Bowmer daughter 11   Crich
William 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
Rebecca Wetton Head (wdw) 77   Wirksworth
John Bowmer grandson 17   Crich
Rebecca Bowmer grand daughter 15 Spinner cotton mill Crich

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