Anthony Bowmer

Gunner

Royal Navy   hms Warspite

Photo courtesy Gordon Tarves

Anthony Bowmer RN in WW1

Naval Service Record

Anthony Bowmer was born 20 February 1895, a farm servant. He engaged, aged eighteen, on 20 February 1913 for twelve years. His height was 5ft 5in, he had light brown hair, blue eyes, a mole in centre of his back and a cross with sailor tattooed on his right forearm.
He served on the following ships and bases –
Ganges II 07/06/12 to 24/07/12
Vivid I 25/07/12 to 16/09/12
Antrim 17/09/12 to 06/11/12
Lancaster 07/11/12 to 31/01/13
Carnarvon 01/02/13 to 19/02/13
Vivid I 20/02/13 to 26/05/13
Hearty 27/05/13 to 04/11/13
Vivid I 05/11/13 to 17/12/13
Cornwall 18/12/13 to 19/10/14
Vivid I 20/10/14 to 31/03/15
Warspite 01/04/15 to 29/01/17
Vivid I 30/01/17 to 07/01/17
Centaur 08/01/17 to 18/06/20
Vivid I 19/06/20 to 05/11/20
Delhi 06/11/20 to 05/01/22
Vivid I 05/01/22 to 08/03/22
Invalided 08/02/22
Conduct very good throughout

Vivid I was shore-based at Devonport. Ganges was also shore-based.

Derbyshire Times 10 June 1916
CRICH MEN LOST
Anthony Bowmer of Crich Carr , who has been in the Navy for about five years, and whose age was 22, is reported as having gone down in the North Sea fight on the 31st of May; also Jim Rodgers, son of Mr William Rodgers of Bull Bridge, who joined the Navy since the war broke out, went down in the "Black Prince".

 

Note: The report was incorrect although his ship HMS Warspite was at the Battle of Jutland.
On the 31 May 1916 Warspite fought at the Battle of Jutland, the largest fleet action since the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. During the battle her steering gear jammed and as she circled in front of the German fleet she was pummelled with large shells.
The Navy converted Warspite into an aircraft carrier in 1934. The ship went on to serve in World War Two, becoming the most battle honoured Royal Navy ship in history.

CENSUS INFORMATION

1901: Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Thomas Bowmer Head 66 Limestone quarry labourer Crich
Lucinder Bowmer wife 59   Crich
Henry Bowmer son 25 Limestone quarryman Crich
James Bowmer son 21 Farm carter Crich
Harriet Bowmer daughter 18 Hosiery factory hand Crich
Lucinder Bowmer daughter 11   Crich
Anthony Bowmer son 6   Crich

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1911: Near Church, Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Thomas Bowmer Head (wdwr) 76 Limestone quarryman Crich
Daisy Bowmer daughter 27 Hosiery works, ironer & presser Crich
Elizabeth Bowmer grand daughter 18 Hosiery works, sewing machinist Crich
Anthony Bowmer grand son 16 Cowboy on farm Crich

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