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Jan 15, 2007 E-mail to Veronica Rodgers re: STAN BOWMAN
Dear Veronica, Thanks for your form submission to place a surname interest for Bowman. I am pleased to say that I have some information.
Stan Bowman had a brother Reginald and another called Roy. Their parents were Ernie and Alice Bowman and the family lived at 19 Burney Bit, Pamber Heath in the early 1920s before moving into a cottage at the end of the Burney Bit at its junction with Pamber Heath Road, where in later years Roy and Daphne Bowman lived (pictured on the far right of this photograph). I believe Roy and Stan lived in Tadley. I think Roy lived in a house off Mulford's Hill and used part of it as a museum as he had a large collection of historical items.
The cottage at 19 Burney Bit and the one at the end of the Burney Bit are pictured in my book as is Daphne Bowman in 1962. Reginald Bowman is pictured in 1931 at Tadley School and there may be other pictures of this family in there. Stan Bowman is pictured in the Tadley history book `Around Tadley, People and Places' in his naval uniform and the family are pictured on the front cover in a charabanc outing to Bournemouth in the 1920s. The family are mentioned in the Tadley book `Around Tadley, Fact and Fable'.
Roy Bowman died around 2000 and he and his wife were living on the coast somewhere, possibly Devon. Tadley and District History Society may have information. See the links page on my web site for the Tadley History Society web site. Their books may still be available - see their web site. My book is available - see the link on the front page of my web site. What is your connection? Hope this is helpful. Kind regards,
Jan 16, 2007 Dear Raymond, Many thanks for the information about the Bowman family. I certainly found it helpful. My connection with Stan Bowman (pictured left) is as follows. Back in Oct 1940, before my mother joined the Wrens, she knitted a pullover for the lads serving in the services. Stan was the one who got it. He wrote to say he had a younger brother aged 15 and an older one aged 24 serving in the RAF in South Africa. He joined the Navy after his street was bombed. His mate was injured and the girl next to him was killed. I have eleven letters written by him, plus three from his mother. They are moving but sad especially the one sent by his mother to say he had been killed. I thought if I could trace some of his relations they might like the letters. My mother never met him, did have a photo but unfortunately it was destroyed by her step mother. My mother went on to join the Wrens in 1942. She died in 2003, aged 82.
A coincidence - my birthday is 12th Sept., same as Stan's..
Kind regards, Veronica Rodgers