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8040: Sergeant Thomas Adam Bowmaker

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posted on 2024-01-18, 14:20 authored by Lest We Forget Project Team

Thomas Adam Bowmaker was a sergeant with the 1st Northumberland Hussars during the war, serving as a horseman despite being quite short in stature.

He survived four years of action, and returned home to work as a printer in Sunderland.


Name of contributor(s)

Esme Clark; great niece of Thomas Adam Bowmaker.

Subject of the story/individual the object(s) relate to

Thomas Adam Bowmaker

Date(s) the event(s) in the story took place

1914 - 1918

Location(s) where the event(s) in the story took place

Sunderland; Otley, Yorkshire.


Thomas Adam Bowmaker's collection includes regimental photographs of the 1st Northumberland Hussars, as well as the Sergeant with his warhorse. One of the pictures shows the regiment at their camp in Otley. There is also a postcard from King George and the Queen consort offering best wishes for Christmas 1914, and a handwritten letter from Colonel Cookson's wife to Sergeant Bowmaker's wife offering support and telling her 'we are all anxious together.' Among other items are Christmas cards, an invitation to the Sunderland annual ball, dance cards and a field message book. These objects have been passed down through the family, although Thomas Adam Bowmaker rarely talked about his time during the war.

Community Collection Day

Glasgow City Archives, Glasgow (10/04/19)

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