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29 Dec 1893
Eastwood Nottinghamshire
Alwyne was the son of Enoch and Martha Bower (nee Shelton). Enoch (b. 1857, Eastwood) and Martha (b. abt 1858, Brinsley) were married in 1884 (registered O/N/D, Basford). According to information on the 1911 Census they had nine children of whom eight were still living at the time of the census. Eight children were named on the census between 1891 and 1911; Annie B. b. 1886, Martha Constance (Constance) b. 2 November 1887, Emma Edith (Edith) b. 1889, Alice Ethel b. 13 December 1890, William (Willie) b. 1892, Alwyn/e b. 1893, Enoch b. 1897, and John b. 1898 (baptised 25 September 1898, Elmton with Cresswell, Derbyshire). With the exception of John who was born in Cresswell, Derbyshire, all the children were born in Eastwood, Nottinghamshire. In 1891 Enoch, a coal miner, and Martha were living at 25 Princes(?) Street, Eastwood, with their four daughters; Annie (5), Martha Constance (3), Emma (2) and Alice (3 months). An entry on the 1901 census described Alice as 'lame from birth'. Also in the household was widower George Shelton (74), Enoch's father-in-law, and Harry Shelton (17, b. Brinsley) a coalminer who was described as a boarder but was probably Martha's brother. By 1901 the family was living in New Village, Creswell, in the parish of Elmton, Derbyshire. Enoch and Martha now had eight children; Annie (15, dressmaker's apprentice), Martha Constance (13), Edith (12), Alice (10), William (8), Alwyne (7), Enoch (4) and John (2). Enoch Bower died in 1906 aged 49 (death registered Mansfield) and in 1911 his widow, Martha, was living in Leyton Villas, Mansfield with five of her children, Alice (dressmaker), Willie (18, clerk), Alwyne (17) apprentice fitter), Enoch (14, apprentice printer at Hempshire's printing works) and John (12) The same year (1911) Martha Constance Bower (23 b. abt 1888, Eastwood) was a housekeeper in the household of a district nurse, Jane Elizabeth Shelton (57, b. Old Brinsley, Notts) at 41 Dill Hall Lane, Church, Lancashire. According to the 1912 Kelly’s Directory, Alice Ethel Bower, a dressmaker, was at 47 Rosemary Street, Mansfield. Alwyne joined the Royal Marine Light Infantry on 9 January 1912. He married Nellie nee Rhodes (b. 6 September 1892) in 1916 and they lived at 66 Yorke Street, Mansfield Woodhouse, Nottinghamshire. The widowed Nellie married Lewis Platts in 1920 (registered J/A/S, Mansfield). She died aged 85 in 1977 (registered December, Mansfield). Alwyne's brother William was killed on 14 July 1916 while serving with the Leicestershire Regiment (11313, Private). He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial. The youngest brother, John, joined the Tank Corps on 11 August 1918 (310029 Private) at the age of 20, and was demobilized and transferred to Class Z Army Reserve in December 1919. He was a grocer before joining the army in 1918. At the time John joined the army he and his mother, Martha, were living at 27 Mansfield Road, Mansfield Woodhouse. (See 'Extra information] Of Alwyne's family: Emma Edith Bower married Arthur E Barrell in 1914 (A/M/J, Mansfield); she died on 4 September 1936 (address 31 Skegby Lane, Sutton in Ashfield). Enoch Bower died in 1923 aged 26 (death registered June, Mansfield). His mother, Martha Bower, died in 1939 aged 81 (death registered March, Mansfield). John Bower, born 1898, died in 1945 aged 47 (death registered December, Mansfield). Alice Ethel Bower, born 1890, died in 1969 aged 79 (death registered December, Mansfield). Martha Constance Bower, born 1887, died in 1977 aged 89 (death registered September, Shepway, Kent). Annie has not been traced after the entry in the 1901 Census when she was still living at home.
In 1911 he was an apprentice to a fitter in an iron foundry.
25 Jan 1917
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HMS Laurentic Royal Marine Light Infantry
Alwyne joined the RMLI on 9 January 1912. He was serving in HMS Laurentic when the ship hit a mine off Lough Swilly, County Donegal, and 350 were lost. The ship was carrying gold bullion to America which was later recovered. Alwyne's body was not recovered for burial and he is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial. HMS Laurentic is a ‘protected place’ under the 1986 Protection of Military Remains Act.
Mansfield Reporter & Sutton Times, 15 June 1917: ‘Mansfield Woodhouse Tribunal … The mother of John Bower, aged 18, grocer’s assistant, of 27, Mansfield-road, employed by the Mansfield Co-operative Society, asked for his exemption. The mother, who is a widow, stated in her application that her other four sons enlisted at the outbreak of the war. The eldest [William] was killed some time ago and she had now learned that another had been drowned [Alwyne]. The only other child at home besides this youngest son was a daughter [Alice] who was a cripple. Mr Cook described this as a hard case, and said he did not think this son should be sent. Bower was granted exemption until Sept. 1st.' (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Note: John joined the Tank Corps on 11 August 1918 (310029 Private) at the age of 20. He was demobilized and transferred to Class Z Army Reserve in December 1919 Probate: Barrell Emma Edith of 31 Skegby-lane Sutton in Ashfield Nottinghamshire (wife of Arthur Ernest Barrell) died 4 September 1936 Administration (with Will) Nottingham 20 November to the said Arthur Ernest Barrell clerk in the civil service. Effects £139 16s. 5d.
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