Photo courtesy Janette Pendleton
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.
Medal Index Record
He entered France on 20th October 1915. Awarded the Victory, British War and 15-Star Medals.
John was pictured in the Derbyshire Courier.
Derbyshire Courier 21 October 1916
|Date of Death||Between 14/09/16 and 17/09/16|
|Casualty type||Commonwealth War Dead|
|Grave/Memorial Reference||Pier and face 8D|
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
1901: Top of town, Crich
RG13 piece 3231 folio 42 page 3
1911: Near church, Crich
|Rebecca||Bowmer||grand daughter||15||Spinner cotton mill||Crich|
RG14PN20984 RG78PN1251 RD436 SD4 ED13 SN172