well, i basically went skip diving.
This is what i saved, and i'm quite pleased with myself!
unfortunately the frame and glass had been destroyed
This is what ive found out....
WILLIAM WHOWELL MC
served Boer war, first world war and Second world war
brother of HAROLD WHOWELL DCM
Father of GEORGE HAROLD WHOWELL DFC
William Whowell was born in Bolton 1883. His father was the landlord of “The Millstone” in Crown Street . He was the eldest child he was one of five brothers and two sisters. His brothers were Fred, Harold, Charles (who died when he was two months old), and Robert.
William Whowell served in the 2nd Volunteer battalion of the N Lancs Regt during the Second Anglo-Boer War, which this certificate relates to.
Boer war medal roll His service number was 7578
William married Lily Smith in 1908 and their son George Harold was born in Bolton on 21st October 1911 At that time, William was a commercial traveller.
The first reference to William Whowell during ww1 i can find is his promotion to second lieutenant. it is recorded in the
SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 22 DECEMBER, 1915
Under ROYAL FIELD ARTILLERY - East Lancashire Brigade
The undermentioned to be Second Lieutenants : — William Whowell. Dated 22nd November, 1915.
Then his mention for being awarded the MC is split over two pages in the SUPPLEMENT TO THE EDINBURGH GAZETTE, DECEMBER 18,1916
2nd Lt. William Whowell, R.F.A. For conspicuous gallantry in action.
When in charge of an ammunition convoy he and a driver were wounded. He first attended to the driver and continued to issue instructions as to the disposal of the ammunition.
His Brother Harold died at Etaples, Pas de Calais. France in 1917. He was awarded the DCM for conspicuous gallantry.. “Several times attending men under very heavy fire, setting a fine example of courage and coolness throughout””
His ww1 medal roll is listed under William Whrowell – an awful error as it is quite clearly Whowell on the document note the MC and the address on the bottom of the page is his leicester address “The Laurels”
Second Son William Brian was born on 29th October 1921. At that time, William and Lily were living at “The Laurels”, Holmfield, Leicester. Interestingly, he was taken to Bolton to be christened at the church where his parents were married
WORLD WAR TWO
William Whowell MC is listed in SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 3 DECEMBER, 1943 as being awarded a commision on 25th Nov. 1942 as 2nd Lt. for service with the Army Cadet Force (at 60 odd years old!)
Son William Brian Whowell served as a Surgeon Lieutenant in the Navy in WW2
Son George Harold Whowell (128986), R.A.F.V.R., Acting Squadron Leader 166 Sqn. is also mentioned in the SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 27 MARCH, 1945
AWARDED THE DFC
"One night in February, 1945, Squadron Leader Whowell captained an aircraft detailed to attack Dresden. Whilst still many miles from the target, the starboard outer engine failed. Squadron Leader Whowell decided to continue his mission and, by a superb display of airmanship, arrived at the target on time to execute a successful attack. Squadron Leader Whowell afterwards flew the aircraft safely back to base and made a successful landing. This officer set a fine example of devotion to duty and his determination was in keeping with that which he has shown throughout his tour of operational duty"
William Whowell then of 22 st Phillips road Leicester died 13 may 1957 in a private hospital on Regent’s Road. Probate granted to George Harold and William Brian Left £26, 153.00 plus a bit which was quite a sum in 1957!
Lily, his widow, died in N Loughborough in 1965.
George Harold died in 2001 and William Brian in 2005, both in Leicester.