NS2676 : The Bowers family memorial

taken 7 years ago, near to Greenock, Inverclyde, Great Britain

The Bowers family memorial
The Bowers family memorial
The memorial on the left commemorates the Bowers family. It is location № 22 on the Blue Walk in the "Greenock Cemetery Walks" booklet (see the end-note). Amongst those named on the inscription is the following:

"Henry Robertson Bowers, Lieutenant Royal Indian Marine, born 29th July 1883, died about the 27th March 1912, on the return journey from the South Pole with Captain Scott."

(He most probably died on the 29th of March, the date of Scott's last diary entry.)

Henry Robertson Bowers was the son of Alexander Bowers (of the British India Steam Navigation Company, Burma for more on Alexander, see the booklet cited above). Henry was better known by his nickname, Birdie Bowers. The house in which he was born is № 57 on Greenock Esplanade (at NS26117789), and is marked with a plaque (this is apparently the correct house number, although the booklet cited in the end-note says № 58): see NS2677 : Birthplace of Birdie Bowers and NS2677 : Plaque at birthplace of Birdie Bowers.

Of the five men making the return journey from the South Pole on Scott's ill-fated Terra Nova Expedition, Edgar Evans died (apparently from the after-effects of a severe concussion), and Captain Lawrence "Titus" Oates sacrificed himself to improve the others' chances of survival.

Henry "Birdie" Bowers and Dr Edward Wilson were with Captain Scott when all three succumbed to the hardships of the journey. Their bodies remain there (see NS2677 : Henry Robertson "Birdie" Bowers' House); see also SP1454 : Detail from the Scott window in Binton church, which depicts some of the events that occurred on the expedition.
Greenock Cemetery
The cemetery, which is laid out on Bow Hill, opened in 1846. For detailed information, see the Geograph article "Greenock Cemetery" Link and, for a map and useful guide, the booklet "Greenock Cemetery Walks" LinkExternal link (PDF) produced by East End Advisory (funded by Inverclyde Council); the PDF link works, as of January 2016.
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Date Taken
Monday, 18 June, 2012   (more nearby)
Saturday, 30 June, 2012
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Burial ground, Crematorium 
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 2662 7616 [10m precision]
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