Bower/Collier Family History & New Milton Talking Newspaper

Research includes Find the Lady! & Sinking of SS Britannia

Bower/Collier Family Tree and Other Research

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Chris and I at our nephew's wedding in Tuscany, June 2011

Local History

Find the Lady!

The Victorian Calling Book bought by my mother on Lymington Market:

A Local History Project where I traced a Victorian Lady who lived in the Lymington area in 1883-1893 and kept a Calling Book. During this time she appears to have met the cream of society in the Lymington area.

The Project is summarised in a series of articles with a Final Report:

Find the Lady! Final Report

Naval History

70th Anniversary of the Sinking of the SS Britannia in 1941

It is 70 years since the SS Britannia was sunk by the German surface raider Thor in March 1941.

The S S Britannia

My father was a passenger on the Britannia and was rescued from a lifeboat by the Spanish vessel Cabo de Hornos.

My father made much of the 60th Anniversary when I was writing up his personal account of survival:

The Sinking of the SS Britannia - Frederick Bower's personal account

Family History

Brecht One-Name Study

I have undertaken a detailed study into the name Brecht, my mother's maiden name, and the descendants of Heinrich (Henry) Brecht and his two wives Mary Somes and Harriet Piper:

Brecht One-Name Study

In February I made one of the biggest breakthroughs in the family history for many years:

Death of Mary (Somes) Brecht in 1819

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Other Contents

Other contects have been summarised in a continuation page:

Other Contents

Contact Details

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Contact Details

Colin Bower
29 February2012

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