Search For Billy Bown

Billy Bown - Chapel Allerton c 1900-1914
Researcher: St Mary's Church Wedmore
We are looking for any information about a past Allerton resident - one William George (Billy) Bown. St Mary's Church has a plaque to Lt. WG (Billy) Bown and the church want to bring Billy's history to life for the children of Wedmore.


The Bown family moved from Dorset to Chapel Allerton c. 1902-10 living at The Firs, Chapel Allerton. The parents of Billy were George Frank Bown (1867-1941) and Mary Constance Bown (1867-1948). George and his wife had 6 children: Henry Frank Bown, William (Billy) George Bown, Norah Elizabeth Jane Bown, Constance Ella Bown, Charles Reginald Bown, Edith Florence Bown.

George Bown is believed to have been a farmer and Billy Bown worked as a painter and decorator. Billy married a Jessie Hutchings who lived at Manor Lodge, Wedmore on 1st July 1916. Billy Bown died on 31st July 1916 on the first day of the Battle of Pilkem Ridge, part of the Ypres-Passchendaele offensive 1916-1917 .
Billy's Mother, George Bown's widow Mary Constance, remained in the area post-war ñ living in Cheddar with her married sister Evie Durbin (nee Hutchings) and her husband Maurice C. Durbin.

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