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Harry Bowman, Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, kia Modder River, 28.11.1899 6 months 2 weeks ago #79663

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I'm hoping to get Harry Bowman's name added to the war memorial in Brierfield, Lancashire.
www.angloboerwar.com/forum/17-memorials-...eld-lancashire#55453

Having spoken to a councillor at Brierfield Town Council, facts are needed to link his death in South Africa with his being from Brierfield.

He was 5664 Private Henry/Harry Bowman, 1st A&S Highlanders. Killed in action at Modder River, on 28.11.1899. He was reported in the press to have been "24 years of age on the 1st September last" in 1899, which would make his year of birth 1875.

In press reports (The Burnley Express, and The Colne and Nelson Times) his father's name was given as Horatio Bowman. There was only one birth of a Horatio Bowman registered in England between 1838-62, in the 2nd quarter of 1851, in Salford.
Only one death of a Horatio Bowman was registered in England between 1900-57, in the Burnley registration district, 1st quarter 1928, aged 76.

From a press report in the Burnley Express, Horatio's wife was reported to be named Mary Alice. (She may have died in the Burnley Union registration district, 3rd quarter of 1905, aged 51, but that's not really relevant.)

I have a copy of the birth certificate of HENRY ROW BOWMAN, born in Droylsden, 1st September 1875. His parents were Horatio and Mary Alice Bowman. Father's occupation was given as "Driller."

Press reports from 1889 into the early 1890s name a Police Constable Bowman in Brierfield.

At the time of Henry/Harry Bowman's death, his father was reported to be living in Chapel Street, Brierfield. Horatio was reported to be an ex-policeman who had left the constabulary in 1892.

I should be able to get in the local library next week to check the census returns for 1881, 1891, and 1901.

Any additional information on Henry/Harry Bowman and his family will be welcome. There's no rush to get this done.

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Harry Bowman, Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, kia Modder River, 28.11.1899 6 months 2 weeks ago #79664

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Hi Berenice
Think your onto a winner! Henry Rowe Bowman did reside in Brierfield.
His father was a police Constable. And aged 15 he was a weaver by trade.

Good luck





Personal effects left to his father Horatio.
QSA medal roll 1 clasp Modder River.



1900 Father still in Brierfield.



I think in the year 1897 Horatio had another son also called Horatio, cross reference required when you visit the library :)
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Harry Bowman, Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, kia Modder River, 28.11.1899 6 months 2 weeks ago #79665

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Thanks, Dave. Rowe, rather than Row, as his middle name seems more likely, though as the memorial just has initials and surnames, I suppose it doesn't matter too much which it is. His mother's maiden name was Millward.

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