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Edwin Bower

Birth

Edwin Bower was born on June 14, 1883 in Wentworth, near Rotherham. He was the third of four sons born to George and Mary Jane Bower. George was a Carpenter and Joiner who ran his own business. Edwin was baptised at Wentworth Parish Church on July 8, 1883.

Early Life

Edwin grew up in Wentworth with his older brothers, Charles and George, and younger brother, Alfred. Their mother, Mary Jane, died in 1889. By the time of the 1901 Census, Edwin was still living in Wentworth with his widowed father and two of his brothers. Edwin was employed as a Pupil Teacher in the local elementary school.

Chester College

Edwin was recorded as leaving Chester College in 1905. In 1910, Edwin married Ada Ward, in Barnsley. In the 1911 Census, they were living at 88 Balfour Road, in Darnall, Sheffield. Edwin was employed as an Assistant Teacher for Sheffield City Council.

Military Service

Edwin’s Medal Card shows that his army number was SR/9388 - the SR stood for Special Reserve. The Special Reserve were men recruited under the provisions of the Reserve Forces Act of 1907. They replaced the militia and were intended to provide a supply of trained men for the army should the need arise. Recruits signed up for six years, with an initial six months of training at the local barracks which had previously housed the militia. Then they were free to return to their civilian occupations but had to complete 28 days of training every year and be ready to be called upon as needed.

Edwin served as Private SR/9388 (later re-numbered as 284388) in the 194th Siege Battery of the Royal Garrison Artillery. They first went to France in November or December 1916. Edwin was later appointed as an acting Corporal.

Lest We Forget

Edwin died on April 7, 1917. He was killed in action at Morchies and is buried at the military cemetery of Achiet-le-Grand, in France.

Post Mortem

Edwin was awarded the British War and Victory Medals for service to the King and Country.