DUNCAN CHRISTOPHER BOWMAN

 

Born: 1875, St. Mary Elms, Ipswich.

Died: 1921, age: 45; Ipswich.

Enlistment Details: Location: Ipswich; Date: 15th October 1891; Age: 16 years & 4 months; Occupation: Shoemaker – employment with his father; Religion: CofE. Height: 5ft 4 1/2ins, sallow complexion, blue eyes & light brown hair. Scar on right check. Tattooed D.O.B. on back of left hand.

Royal Artillery:

Eastern Division – Boy – 15th October 1891 – transferred – Boy – 2nd September 1892 – appointed Trumpeter 20th March 1893 – transferred – Field Battery – Trumpeter – 20th March 1893 – Gunner – 23rd June 1893 – Granted – Bomber – 30th April 1895 – Granted Corporal – 3rd December 1895.

Absent – 7th July 1897 from 11am till 11.20pm – 8th July 1897 – Awaiting Trial – 9th July 1897 – Tried & reduced to ranks – 15th July 1897 – returned to duty – Gunner 16th July 1897.

Transferred to 1st Class Army Reserve – G.O.C. Cork 22nd August 1897.

Recalled to Army Service under special A. Order of 7th October 1899 – 9th October 1899 – Ammunition Column – posted – 8th February 1900. Royal Field Artillery – 1st Depot – posted – 14th September 1900 – R.F.A. – 1st Depot Battery ‘C’ Sect. – 24th October 1901.

Army Reserve – 1st Class – transferred Gunner – 1st April 1902.

Discharged – Termination of Employment – 14th December 1907.

Will have employment with his father as a Shoemaker; also rides & understands care of horses; Address: 12, St. Matthew’s Church Lane, Ipswich – Character Very Good, a Smart, Clean Soldier.

 

Enlistment Details: 25th February 1915; Age: 39 years & 9 months. Signed up for the Duration of the War.

 

Royal Field Artillery – 704145 – Gunner.

Appointed Acting Bombardier – 6th May 1915- 1st Reserve Brigade.

Appointed Acting Sergeant – 6th May 1915.

Promoted Bombardier – 12th August 1915.

Promoted Corporal.

Promoted Sergeant – 28th October 1915.

Shoeburyness – 12th April 1916.

Middlesex Borough – 20th July 1916.

Royal Garrison Artillery Sergeant – 26th January 1918.

Demobilised 2nd March 1919.

Enlistment Details in to the Labour Corps: Location: Ipswich; Date: 8th August 1919; Age: 44 years & 84 days; Occupation: Shoemaker. Signed up for 1 year. Height: 5ft & 9ins.

 

Service:

Home: 15th October 1891 – 14th November 1899 – served 8 years & 31 days.

South Africa: 15th November 1899 – 5th October 1900.

Home: 6th October 1900 – 14th October 1907 – served 14 years & 334 days.

 

Home: 8th August 1919 – 30th August 1919

France: 31st August 1919 – 21st February 1920

Home: 22nd February 1920 – 22nd March 1920

Discharged – 22nd March 1920 – 2, Little Gipping Street, Ipswich – Character – Good – served 227 days.

 

Service Number: 704145; Regiment: Labour Corps.

 

Medals Awarded: South Africa 1899 + Clasp, Relief of Kimberley, Paardeberg, Johannesberg & Diamond Hill.

 

CENSUS

 

1881   3, Wright’s Court, Black Horse Lane, Ipswich.

 

Christopher was 5 years old and living with his parents & sisters.

Harry Bowman, 35, a Boot Riveter, born Ipswich.

Esther Bowman (nee Riches), 30, born Ipswich.

Elizabeth Amelia Bowman, 8, born Ipswich.

Emma Amelia Bowman, 3, born Ipswich.

 

1891   12, Beaumont’s Court, Ipswich.

 

Christopher was 15 years old, a Shoemaker. He was living with his parents & sisters.

Harry, 42, a Shoemaker.

Esther, 38.

Elizabeth, 18, a Trouser’s Finisher.

Emma, 13, a Boot Hand.

 

1901   34, Elliott Street, Ipswich.

 

Christopher was 26 years old, a Gunner – Royal Field Artillery. He was married and Head of the Household.

Sarah, 34.

Christopher, 2.

sister Elizabeth Gilmer, 28.

nephew David William Gilmer, 5, born Ipswich.

niece Ethel May Gilmer, 3, born Newcastle.

niece Elsie Isabel Gilmer, 1, born Warwickshire.

 

1911   2, Little Gipping Street, Ipswich.

 

Duncan was 36 years old, a Boot Repairer – own account. He was Head of the Household.

Sarah, 43, a Corset Machinist.

Christopher, 12.

Angus, 7.

Stanley, 6.

Emma, 5.

Sarah, 1 month.

 

On the 6th April 1899, at Burlington Chapel, Ipswich, Duncan married, Sarah Ann Wood, born 1868, Ipswich. They had 5 children:

Christopher Duncan Bowman, born 1899, Ipswich.

Angus Frank Bowman, born June 1903, born Ipswich.

Stanley Henry Bowman, born July 1904, born Ipswich.

Emma Amelia Bowman, born March 1906, Ipswich.

Sarah A. Bowman, born 1911, Ipswich – died 1911, Ipswich.

Duncan is also remembered at The Mission Free Church Ipswich Curriers Lane

THE LABOUR CORPS:

Formed in January 1917, 389,900 men 10% of the total size of the British Army. Many of the men had already served in other units and were taken on following being wounded then being made fit for duty “A1” condition. The companies were employed in general labouring, fetching and carrying in work within range of the enemy guns. Sometimes used as emergency infantry during major offensives by the enemy.

Labour Corps units were sometimes classed as second class soldiers but were an important part of the British army.

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