My name is Nigel Thomas Bowers and I live in Biddulph, Staffordshire, United Kingdom. I started researching my family and created a web site http://www.nigelbowers.co.uk
I would like to see this blog used as a potential contact site for anyone who my think they are related or would like to more about researching a family tree.
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Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Albert Bowers - Royal Navy World War Two - H.M.N.Z.S. ACHILLES - BATTLE OF THE RIVER PLATE
Through the power of the internet and the web site www.nigelbowers.co.uk I have been in touch with some more relatives. This has inspired me to do some more research, so I have been back to thge local library at Congleton, Cheshire, United Kingdom and looked up the article featured on the left about Albert Bowers.
It was on microfish, bit of a strain to read, but here goes:
It is from the front page of the Congelton Chronicle, Incorporated with the Congleton and Macclesfield Mercury.....
One of the heroes of the River Plate, Albert Bowers, son of Mrs and the late James Bowers of 140 Brook Street, Brown Lees, Biddulph. As a hospital attendent he was in the engagement as a member of HMS 'Achilles' which played a leading role in forcing the 'Graf Von Spee' to take to refuge in Montevideo Harbour and eventually scuttle her.
S.B.P.O. Bowers, as a youth worked at Black Bull Colliery and is remembered in the district as a keen sportsman and regular church attender. When aged 17 he was on the Primitive Methodist Church Plan in Biddulph. He joined thr Navy as a young man of 20 and has now served eleven and a half years. Following a period in the marines, he was transferred to HMS 'Achilles' and promoted Leading Sick Berth Attendent. His fondness of sport has found ample expression in the Navy and in peace time he was a regular member of the Royal Navy Hospital team, winning many medals. He is an excellent swimmer. He has a wife and baby who look forward to seeing him at their future home in Gillingham, Kent.