Alfred Ranson Cowlishaw (1894–1971)

Second Lieutenant

London Regiment (Queen's Westminster Rifles)
Machine Gun Corps 195762 3rd Division

A native of Crich Carr, he took up a civil service post in London prior to WW1. From Sept 1915, he was in Reserve until being posted to the London Reg’t in 1917, receiving a commission in December. He married Florence M Bourne in 1922 (Jun qtr Wandsworth), and had a daughte , was working as a gas inspector. He authored books on gas and home maintenance under the pseudonyms R. Wash and R. A. Woodrook
[Simon Johnson].

Medal Index Record
Date of entry into France 26 May 1918.
Commissioned 27 November 1917.
Address 19 Alfriston Rd, Clapham Common SW11.
Awarded Victory and British War Medals.

Service Record
Born 27th September 1894 at Crich. Attended Wirksworth Grammar School. Served in Home Department Secretary's Office, General Post Office between December 1910 and September 1912. Attested 6 December 1915 aged 21 years and 70 days. A Baptist working as a Chemical Engineer's Clerk. He was 5ft 6in tall and weighed 120lb. He suffered from a slight stammer. His enlistment Regiment was the London Regiment (Queen's Westminster Rifles) Next of kin was Mrs Mary Cowlishaw (mother, nèe Ranson), 4 Derwent Villas, Whatstandwell. Father was a manager of stone quarries

06/12/15 Attested
o7/12/15 To Reserve as Private
18/07/16 Called to the Colours
19/01/17 Posted to 16th Coy London Reg as Rifleman
12/05/17 Transferred to MGC officer Cadet Battalion MGC at Grantham
17/11/17 Discharged as Private; promoted 2nd Lt in MGC
14/12/17 Commission in London Gazette
16/05/18 To BEF joining 3 Bn.
05/06/18 To hospital
22/06/18 To 20 General hospital with Neurasthenia
02/07/18 To 72 General Hospital
01/09/18 To England from Le Havre
09/02/19 Relinquished his commission on completion of service
27/03/19 Demobbed on grounds of health. Address 4, Derwent Villas, Whatstandwell

After he was called to Colours in July 1916 his employer applied for exemption:

South Metropolitan Gas Company
Chemical Works
East Greenwich, S.E.
July 5, 1916

To the Recruiting Officer
Town Hall,
Dear Sir
Your Notice Paper warning A.R.Cowlishaw of 42 Honeybrook Road, Balham present himself for service with the Colours on the 18th inst. Has been handed to me for attention.
This young man is engaged on Munitions Work and is in possession of Badge No. 2473 T. He cannot be reasonably dispensed with, and I take it that the notice in question does not apply in this case.
Would you please let me have confirmation of this and greatly oblige.
Yours faithfully,
Chemical Works Manager

It appears six months exemption was allowed.

Newspaper report

Derbyshire Courier, 15 February 1919
Lieut. A. R. Cowlishaw, Machine Gun Corps, of Derwent Villas, Whatstandwell, was demobilised and returned home on Saturday. He had previously been recalled by wire from sick leave. Lieut. Cowlishaw expects resuming his pre-war duties as a member of the staff of the South Metropolitan Gas Company this week. Others to receive their discharge during the week include Drivers Sam Taylor of Crich Common and Arthur Crowder of Crich.

Alfred's brother Fred COWLISHAW is also on the Roll of Honour



Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Frederick Cowlishaw Head 51 Chief Clerk gritstone quarries Crich
Mary Cowlishaw wife 50   Crich
Annie Cowlishaw daughter 23 School teacher Crich
William H Cowlishaw son 22 Railway Clerk Crich
Fred Cowlishaw son 21 Railway Clerk Crich
Agnes H Cowlishaw daughter 19   Crich
Robert Cowlishaw son 16 Junior clerk gritstone quarries Crich
Alfred R Cowlishaw son 6   Crich

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1911: Holborn, London

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Alfred Ranson Cowlishaw boarder 16 Boy clerk Civil Service Crich



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1918 Voters List for Crich
Alfred R Cowlishaw, Crich Carr: absent on military service

1939 Register: 120 Wakehurst Road, Battersea
Alfred Cowlishaw b. 27 September 1894; senior district inspector SM Gas