GOWER Brothers from Tring

in World War One


All five Gower sons were at home at the time of the 1901 census.

The household at 56 High Street was as follows:



1901 Census - High Street Tring


Location in 1911

John Gower   Head 49 China & Oil Merchant Tring   Still in shop in Tring
Sarah Ann Gower nee Saunders   Wife 49   Northchurch   Still in shop in Tring
Lawrence John Archibald Gower   Son 22 China & Oil Dealer Tring   Married Lilian Bentley in 1909. Oilman and general dealer, living in Miswell Lane, and working, presumably in father's shop.
Percival Gower   Son 20 China & Oil Dealer Tring   Married Sarah Orchard in 1910. China & oil dealer, living at 47 Eastern Street, Aylesbury
John Arthur Gower   Son 10   Tring   [Not found in 1911- Assumed he was called "Jim"]
Benjamin Saunders Gower   Son 7   Tring   Still in shop in Tring with parents
Nathaniel Joseph Gower   Son 6   Tring   Still in shop in Tring with parents
Mary Sinfield   Visitor 51   Northchurch    

John Arthur "Jim" Gower

of Tring

born 1891


Cap Badge not yet identified


by J. White & Son, Photographers, Littlehampton

Card was posted at Yiewsley (date missing) to

Mrs H. Bently, 72 Gossems End, Berkhamstead, Herts'

Dear Aunt,  Arrived safe 6-40 no delays. thanking you for kindness, Yours Jim

Hannah Bentley was technically not an aunt, but brother Lawrence's mother in law

Benjamin Saunders Gower

of Tring is probably one of the Group

born 1893


Just a photo of the section with a few German Mascots





The soldiers in this group have a variety of cap badges, mostly unclear.





121123 Benjamin Saunders Gower joined the Army Service Corps in September 1915. At the time he was living at 182 High Street, Lewes, working as a motor driver.


WW1 silk post card with panseys

To wish you the compliment of the season





Nathaniel Gower of Tring, WW1 uniform  

Nathaniel Joseph Gower

of Tring

born 1894

Unknown (Gower?) picture, dated June 1917.

photographed by C. Howell & Son, 95 & 97 High Street, Chatham

Distinctive cap badge not yet identified.

If the soldier on the left is the same as the middle selected head from the group it could be Benjamin,



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