Oliver Osbaldiston Bowker

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Oliver Osbaldiston Bowker

Birthdate: (93)
Birthplace: Craigie Burn, Somerset, South Africa
Death: August 2, 1951 (93)
'glen Avon', Somerset East, Cape Colony, South Africa
Immediate Family:

Son of The Hon. Robert Mitford Bowker, J.P. and Sarah Elizabeth Bowker (Hart)
Husband of Susannna Margaret Serrurier Bowker
Father of Vera Ferris Aylward (Bowker); Cyril Roland Bowker; Ella Josephine Crutchley (Richards)(Bowker) and Oliver George Duncan Bowker
Brother of Anna Maria Bowker; Ellen Tamplin Hart (Bowker); Anne Stretch Pringle (Bowker); James Frederick Fleischer 'Fred' Bowker; Effie Mitford Stevens (Bowker) and 7 others

Occupation: Farmer on 'Glen Craig'
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About Oliver Osbaldiston Bowker

Oliver Osbaldiston BOWKER was born on 27 Sep 1857 'Craigie Burn', Somerset East, Cape of Good Hope. He died on 2 Aug 1951 'Glen Craig', Somerset East, Cape Province, South Africa.

He was a Farmer on 'Glen Craig' which was a sub-division of 'Craigie Burn'.

From the file of Paul Tanner-Tremaine:

Oliver lived most of his life on his farm Glen Craig ('Craigie Burn'), Somerset East. He was twice mentioned in despatches during the Anglo-Boer War; first for clearing the Somerset East district of horses so that the Boers could not get fresh re-mounts and secondly for putting the names of all the farmers and their families on their doors to enable the troops to see 'if they were harbouring Boers.'

His grand-daugher Susie-Bell Aylward related the following anecdote. "When the family used to travel to Nylstroom, with her father Stuart driving the old Model T Ford. Oliver used to carry a whistle and if he thought that the road was not safe, or he could

not see around the corners, he would tell Stuart to stop the car, and blow his whistle to warn any oncoming people or traffic!"


MOOC 6/9/18651 R5072

Name of Deceased: Oliver Osbaldiston BOWKER

Birthplace of Deceased: Somerset East

Age of Deceased: 93 years 10 months (b October 1837)

Condition in Life: Farmer

Ordinary Place of Residence: 'Glen Craig', Somerset East


Name of pre-deceased wife and approximate date of death: Susan Margaret Surruriar SMUTS

died 3 February 1949

Place of last marriage: Somerset East

Date of Death: 2 August 1951

Place of Death: 'Glen Craig', Somerset East

Names of Children and whether Major or Minor:

Oliver George Duncan BOWKER

Cyril Rowland BOWKER


Vera Ferris BOWKER married AYLWARD

Whether deceased has left any property, and of what kind: Movable

Signed O.G.D. BOWKER, Son

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Oliver Osbaldiston Bowker's Timeline

September 29, 1857
Craigie Burn, Somerset, South Africa
June 12, 1890
Age 32
Somerset East, Cape Colony, South Africa
November 23, 1891
Age 34
Somerset East, Cape Colony, South Africa
October 21, 1893
Age 36
Somerset East, Cape Colony, South Africa
October 22, 1898
Age 41
Somerset East, Cape Colony, South Africa
August 2, 1951
Age 93
'glen Avon', Somerset East, Cape Colony, South Africa