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James Paterson Bower


NationalityBritish 
RolesNaval Sailor 
Date of Birth1806CSORN
First Known Service6.5.1820CSORN
Last Known Service12.9.1863CSORN
Date of Death1889

Event History


Date fromDate toEventSource
6.5.1820 Entered the NavyNBD1849
1826 Passed the Lieutenant's ExaminationNBD1849
10.1.1827 LieutenantNBD1849
10.7.18386.5.1841
Samarang (28) 1822-1883
British 28 Gun
6th Rate Frigate
, Lieutenant
BWAS-1714
6.5.1841 CommanderNBD1849
23.12.184323.7.1845
Hecate (4) 1838-1865
British 4 Gun
Unrated Steam Sloop
, Commander and Commanding Officer
NBD1849
23.7.1845 CaptainNBD1849
23.7.1845 Placed on Half-PayNBD1849
12.9.1863 Superannuated Rear-AdmiralBG


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Posted by Catriona on Friday 10th of December 2021 17:04

Mike M - I am very much aware of a Lt Col John Bower - he would have been James Paterson Bower's elder brother. Served in India. I have his diaries and some of his wife's jewellery. He lived to be 100 and died in 1901 - I think.


Posted by Catriona on Friday 10th of December 2021 16:59

Hi Kim
I suspect that James Paterson Bower is at least your great-great grandfather - he is my great great grandfather and I am 70. I have access to lots of Bower family material if you are interested. Several are mentioned on Wikipedia but no one has yet pointed out the links - I need to get around to doing it!


Posted by Mike M on Thursday 9th of March 2017 09:41

Hi Kim, the Bower family were previous inhabitants of my home. I am just preparing a presentation on the history. Are you aware of a Lt Col John Bower?


Posted by Pompey Native on Friday 13th of February 2015 09:14

Half pay meant that an officer was not currently employed at sea or in a home-based command. It did not affect seniority and promotion.


Posted by kim brassington on Friday 6th of February 2015 20:58

thank you for helping me find out about my great grandfather.how did he make it to admiral if he was placed on half pay in 1845

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