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bowyerAlbert James Adrian Bowyer was born in 1896, the son of Albert and Gertrude Bowyer. In 1901, they were living at 41 Owen Road, together with Albert’s sister Mary. He attended Bingley Street School, for whom he played football. He was also captain of Lyndhurst Cricket Club for a number of years. By 1911, Albert was at 32 Burleigh Road, with his parents and sisters Evelyn May and Nora Gertrude. By this date, Albert was a railway clerk, and he worked for the Great Western Railway Company at Hockley, Birmingham.

He volunteered for active service in November 1915, in the 15th/City Battalion of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment (number 1784). On 20 November 1917, he died from wounds received in action in the King George Hospital in London. He featured in the Midland Counties Express on 1 December 1917. He is buried in the churchyard of St Philip’s at Penn Fields. He is also commemorated on the war memorial of St Chad and St Mark’s Church, as well as the memorial of the United Reform Church in Lea Road.

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