Lance Corp 46790 - Northumberland Fusiliers
North Staffs Regiment 11th Battalion
Killed in Action Flanders 3rd June 1917 : Aged 24
Oosttaverne Wood Cemetery VI. D. 7.
Born in Huthwaite and enlisting at Sutton-in-Ashfield. Ernest was reportedly brought up by grandparents Mr and Mrs Bedford, but a little background research adds genealogical details. From the 1901 census, aged eight and with his widowed mother Mary E Bower they both lived with his grandparents John and Annie Bedford on New Fall Street, when John was a Pork butcher. Mary had by 1911 census remarried too Sam Buxton, a Sutton grocer on Mason Street, making her 18 years old son a grocers assistant. Ernest did marry Lilian Oldham in the March quarter of 1916, so when reportedly in business back on New Fall Street, Huthwaite, perhaps again his devoted grandparents homed the newly wedded couple.
Referencing Material with Transcriptions by Paul Bradshaw
Notts. Free Press 15th. June, 1917
Huthwaite Soldier Killed Lance-corporal E. Bower
News was received on the 7th. inst. of the death in action of Lance-Corporal E. Bower (North Staffs Regiment). The intimation was conveyed to his wife by a letter from Second Lieutenant R. H. Penny, who stated that Lance - Corporal Bower was killed instantaneously on the previous Sunday while in action with a machine-gun section. The deceased soldier was 24 years of age and had been married 15 months. He was in business in New Fall Street, and was brought up by his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Bedford. His death occurred just a year after his joining up. He had been some time in France, and Second Lieutenant Penny’s letter assured his wife of the sympathy of himself and the whole platoon. Lance-Corporal Bower was well-known in the town, and his death has been a great blow to his aged grandparents.
A very similar report appeared in the Mansfield Reporter and Sutton Times dated 15/06/1917
- In Memoriam -
Notts Free Press 7th June, 1918
In loving memory of my dear Husband, Lance-Corporal Ernest Bower, Northumberland Fusiliers, killed near Ypres, 3rd. June, 1917. There are links that death cannot sever, Love and memory live forever.-
From his loving Wife.
In Loving Memory of Lance-Corporal E. Bower, Northumberland Fusiliers, killed in Action, June 3rd. 1917. Fondly remembered.-
From Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence, and Joseph.
Notts Free Press – 29th. June, 1917. (Summary) A memorial service was held to L/cpl E. Bower (N. Staffs) L/cpl A. Weston (KRR) and Privates George Stubbins (Sherwood Foresters) H. Burton and T. Phillips (both Canadian contingents) - Phillips was missing 12 months before he was reported as killed. - Burton had been confirmed in the Parish Church and attended its Sunday school before going out to Canada. Weston commenced his teaching career at Church Schools, and his love for his country was handed down unsullied from his forefathers. He was a promising youth.
Bower- the Vicar remarked on the hardship of a young widow – the only married one of the five – and also the deep affection which had always existed between him and his grandparents.
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