Edmund John Bowerman

Rank:Air Raid Warden
Incident Date:02/05/1941
Incident Address.11 Gorse Crescent, Gorse Hill, Stretford
Died Address:Withington Hospital
Grave Details:AD/32
Grave Photo:Yes
Cemetery or Memorial:Sale (Brooklands) Cemetery
Town Memorial:Stretford WW2 Book
Extra Information:
Born at Ashton upon Mersey - March Qtr 1907 - ref:
8a/185, the son of Percy Charles & Edith Helena
Bowerman (nee Worrell).

1911 Census - 22 Dunbar Lane, Ashton upon Mersey. 
Son - aged: 5 - born: Ashton upon Mersey.   Also
listed - Percy Charles Bowerman - aged: 34 - occ:
Hotel Decorator - born: Eynsham, Oxfordshire.   
Plus his wife - Edith Helena Bowerman - aged: 31 -
born: Newport, Shropshire.   Plus their daughter -
Ina Bowerman - aged: 4 - born: Ashton upon Mersey.
 Plus Edith's sister - Louisa Worrall - aged: 28 -
no occupation - born: Newport, Shropshire.

Edmund married Gertrude Nuttall at the Stretford
Congregational Church in Sep Qtr 1928 - ref:

According to Edmund's son - Jack Bowerman.   
Photograph of him on file.

"German Raiders were flying in from the east
towards Liverpool (Liverpool Blitz 1st to 7th May
1941) when one of the Bombers got caught in local
searchlights and dropped all his bombs to make
height to get out of the beam - a stick of six as
I understand. The first hit somewhere in Chorlton
the next got Firswood (Wilton Avenue Area) the
third got 17/19 Gorse Crescent. the fourth hit
Chester Road Stretford (as I remember, in the
Chester Road opposite  The Wesleyan Chapel. If it
wasn't that one, it was one that fell on the
Lonsdale Street area and the fifth was in Metro's

There were six men involved in the Gorse Crescent
incident - my father, Jack Bowerman - Dick
Roocroft - Frank Bosworth - Joe Taylor, and two
more, who's names I can't remember.

The Air Raid Shelter was made of ordinary House
Bricks it was about the size of a Medium Garden
Shed and had a Brick Blast Wall along the front,
across the doors there were two entrances to the
shelter, one at either end of the Blast Wall. Just
before the bomb struck (which the men heard coming
down) they ran for shelter, three men at each

The blast blew the three men out of the shelter
and blew the other three into it. Those that were
blown out were Jack Bowerman, Dick Roocroft, and
Frank Bosworth. A Piece of brick penetrated his
steel Helmet and Brain. The hospital told My
Mother that it was a good thing that he had died
because his brain had been scrambled and the he
would have been just a "Cabbage" if he'd lived. I
didn't know at the time but my Mother was pregnant
at the time but the shock was too much and she
lost the baby (a Girl I'm told)."

He actually died at Withington Hospital on the
3rd, from injuries sustained on the 2nd May at 11
Gorse Cres.    Death registered in Manchester

Stretford (Trafford MBC)
Memorials found on:
Stretford WW2 Book
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