BORN HULL 10/03/1889. SON OF ISSAC MOWER (1842-1926) & MARY ANN TAYLOR (1848-1941), OF 4, WELLINGTON MART, HUMBER STREET, HULL (WAR PENSION ADDRESS). HE HAD FIVE BROTHERS AND THREE SISTERS. WORKED AS A VARNISH PACKER AND SUGAR REFINER. DESCRIBED AS 5 FOOT, 4.5 INCHES TALL, 33-35 INCH CHEST, 110 LBS WEIGHT. HE WAS A SINGLE, UNMARRIED MAN. THIS WAS HIS ARMY ADDRESS.
HE ENLISTED IN THE HULL PALS, ON 23/10/1915. ARRIVED FRANCE 16/04/1916. KILLED IN ACTION, AT SERRE, ON 13/11/1916, AGED 27. HIS FATHER WROTE TO THE AUTHORITIES ASKING WHAT HE WAS SUPPOSE TO DO WITH THE ‘DEAD PENNY’ SENT TO HIM, FOR THE SACRIFICE OF HIS SON.
HENRY BARTON, THE GRANDSON OF, MARY ANN MOWER (1848-1941), ALSO LIVED AT 4, WELLINGTON MART, HUMBER STREET, HULL (HIS WAR PENSION ADDRESS).
HE ENLISTED AT HULL, ON 04/08/1914, AGED ONLY 16. (HDM 02/09/1916.) SERVED WITH THE 7TH EAST YORKSHRE REGIMENT. DANGEROUSLY WOUNDED, ON THE 14TH JULY 1916, HE DIED AT BOULOGNE HOSPITAL, THREE DAYS LATER, AGED 18.
Hull Pals Memorial Post. Private, HENRY MOWER 14/66. Born in 1889 Henry was one of eight children to Isaac and Mary Ann Mower, of 4 Wellington Mart, Humber Street, Hull. A Varnish Packer before the war he enlisted on 1st November 1915 initially joining the 14th Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment before transferring to the 12th when he arrived in France in April 1916. He was killed in action at Beaumont Hamel on the Somme on 13th November 1916 and buried in Euston Road Cemetery; he was 29 years old. His father wrote a moving reply to the Army’s request for him to accept the commemorative plaque and scroll: “(I doubt the) King knows anything about the death of my son who was killed about 2 years ago and up to the present we have never had a letter offering the King’s sympathy, and you do not give any explanation as to what the plaque and scrolls mean and what purpose (they) are intended for. As I do not know what it means I therefore cannot say any more.”
He went on to suggest to the military their time would be better spent sorting out the pensions payable to families struggling in hardship after losing their sons.