GOWER, John Nathaniel

1838 - 1905

Born at Ipswich on 9 April and baptised at St Mary Stoke church, Ipswich on 18 May 1838, son of Charles Foote Gower (1807-1867), soap factor, and his wife Sarah née Badham. He purchased an ensign commission in 78th Regiment on 1 May 1857, promoted lieutenant 20 November 1857 and captain 26 October 1865 and was posted to Scotland where he remained with depot companies until 5 May 1871. He married at St Mary’s Episcopal House, Inverurie, Aberdeen, Scotland on 20 September 1870, Elizabeth Erskine, daughter of Duncan Forbes-Mitchell and Maria Bromley. On 6 May 1871 posted to Halifax, Nova Scotia but remained only until 25 November the same year. Promoted Brevet Major on 13 February 1878 and honorary Lieutenant Colonel on retired pay on 25 May 1878. In 1881 a Lt Col (retired), living with his 41 year old wife their children, 3 year old John Forbes and 2 year old Alice Lilian [q.v.], at West Tower, Norwich Road, Ipswich where they kept three servants. A member of the Ipswich Fine Art Club 1883-1886 but exhibited from West Tower in 1881, three watercolours 'Start Point, South Devon’, 'Pin Mill on the Orwell' and 'Harwich', in 1883 he exhibited two watercolours 'Sketch of Hastings' and 'On the Orwell' and continued to exhibit irregularly. In 1891 still living at West Tower with the addition of a further son, 8 year old Hugh Duncan and ten years later John, his wife and young Hugh were boarders at the boarding house Villa Letitia at Felixstowe. He died at Colchester in September 1905, aged 67.