Figure 1
This photograph comes from a family photograph taken in about 1911 of Edwin's parents, siblings and in-laws.

Edwin STOWELL was born on 14 Apr 1877, the twelfth of the 14 children of the Rev Thomas Alfred STOWELL and Emma TATHAM. He was baptised by his father on 16 Jun 1877 at Christ Church, Salford1. At the 1881 census2, when he was 3, he was at the family home in Salford. At the 1891 census3, when he was 13, he was a pupil at Rossall School. He entered the school in the third term of 1890, and was in Fleur-de-Lys house. He left in 1892, at the end of the third term4. His 17 year old cousin Vere Arthur STOWELL was also there.

According to the Rossall School Register, Edwin went to Ceylon, and there is a record of an Edwin STOWELL departing from London on the SS Orsova bound for Colombo on 14 Mar 19135. There is insufficient information to show that this was our Edwin, but there is a record of an Edwin STOWELL, aged 39 and a planter living at Pannala(?) joining Lodge 3629, Kurunegala on 4 Dec 1916 and resigning on 19 Sep 19186. Kurunegala was a District in the North Western Province of Ceylon.

Meanwhile, a cadet Edwin STOWELL was gazetted temporary 2nd Lieutenant in the Army Service Corps7, effective 26 Aug 1918,and he went to France on 19 Oct 1918 with the RASC8. His rank as temporary 2nd lieutenant in the Royal Army Service Corps is also attested by another record9 dated 26 Aug 1918, when he would have been 41. His address on his medal record card was initially given as Alexander Road, Southport, and then, on 24 Nov 1921, as 1 Booth St, Manchester, the office of his younger brother Leonard. According to family stories, he did well in the first World War, but was otherwise much unemployed and supported by his brothers. Certainly he never seems to have had an address of his own.

There is no information on what he was doing between leaving school in 1892 and going to Ceylon in 1913, and I have not found him in either the 1901 or 1911 census returns. However, he must have been around in 1911 when the family group photograph was taken, from which the image at the head of this section has been extracted.

On 21 Apr 192210 Edwin left Liverpool bound for Montreal, giving his UK address as Stowell and Bayley, Booth Street, Manchester, the accountancy firm of his younger brother Leonard. He described himself as a farmer. In May 1922, he arrived in Quebec, Canada on the SS Montcalm from Manchester, Lancashire11. He was 44 and described himself as a retired Ceylon planter intending to farm. The purpose of his entry was travel, and he was going by CPR to Vernon, BC. His next of kin was named as Alfred STOWELL of 66 The Promenade, Southport, Lancashire, his oldest brother. On 11 Apr 1926 an Edwin STOWELL, aged 48 and retired, arrived at Liverpool from Halifax, Nova Scotia on the SS Doric and bound for The Mount, Knutsford, Cheshire12. The Mount was the home of his older brother Herbert. Thus his stay in Canada may have lasted just under four years.

Edwin did not marry, the last record of him at present is his return to the UK in 1926, and I have not found any record of his death.


1) Christ Church, Salford, baptism register, 1872-1882, p.149, no. 1866, through Ancestry.com, accessed 14 May 2013.
2) 1881 England census, Salford, Lancashire, RG11, piece 3966, folio 3, p.11, through Findmypast.co.uk, accessed 30 May 2013.
3) 1891 England census, Fylde, Lancashire, RG12, piece 3457, folio 147, p.8, through Findmypast.co.uk, accessed 30 May 2013.
4) The Rossall School Register, 7th edition, 1871-1939, printed for the Corporation of Rossall School at the University Press, Cambridge, 1940, p.126.
5) Britain, Outbound Passenger Lists 1890-1960, through Findmypast.co.uk, accessed 30 May 2013.
6) Library and Museum of Freemasonry; London, England; Freemasonry Membership Registers; Description: Membership Registers: Country O 3402-3496 to Country P 3503-3683; Reel Number: 67, through Ancestry.com.
7) Supplement to the London Gazette, 9 September, 1918, p.10624, through Findmypast.co.uk, accessed 7 Aug 2016.
8) World War One British Army medal index cards, National Archives, through Findmypast.co.uk, accessed 7 Aug 2016.
9) British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards &ersand; Record of Correspondence, through Ancestry.com, accessed 30 May 2013.
10) UK Outward Passenger Lists, 1890-1960, through Ancestry.com, accessed 30 May 2013.
11) Canada Ocean Arrivals, Form 30A, 1919-924, through Ancestry.com, accessed 30 May 2013.
12) UK Incoming PassengerLists, 1878-1960, through Ancestry.com, accessed 30 May 2013.

© John Stowell 2016             This file last edited on 8 August 2016.