RAF serviceman

My grandfather Louis Bowers Abram served in the Royal Air Force. I know little about his time in the RAF other than he was a Corporal and learnt to fly in a Tiger Moth at Sywell but war broke out on the day he was due to take his test, so he never saw active combat.

I do however have the wonderful photo below (Louis is stood at the back on the far left), badges from his uniform and his service and release book.

Grandad in the RAF

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Louis and Delia

Louis Bowers Abram and Delia Eileen Clarke were my grandparents on my fathers side of the family.

Delia was the daughter of Northamptonshire Police Sergeant Albert Edward William Clarke and was one of five children. Louis was the second son of Joseph Charles Abram, an Army Sergeant and Millicent May Bowers.

During the 1930’s Louis passed exams set by the East Midland Educational Union in Motor in Practical Mathematics, Workshop Science and Principles of Engineering and Engineering (Mechanical). He later worked at S and W Motors Limited where he was indentured as an apprentice from May 1931 to May 1933, as a Motor Engineer at York Ward and Rowlatt  from May 1933 to May 1934 and at Gilmour and Vale a company that manufactured engineering components.  He also worked at Vauxhall Motors in Luton, retiring in 1970 after 25 years service having established ‘an excellent reputation in respect of loyalty, conscientiousness and timekeeping’. He was a Corporal in the Royal Air Force and learnt to fly in a Tiger Moth at Sywell but war broke out on the day he was due to take his test, so he never saw active combat.

I remember visiting my grandparents at their homes in Luton and Chester. My grandad grew tomatoes in a greenhouse and to this day, I can’t smell tomatoes without thinking about him. My nan I remember would wear more than one pair of glasses at a time and also, back when we had paper money, would use the money as writing paper to work out how much she owed someone or who much they owed her. In writing this, I am surprised at how many photos of my nan I have found where she is standing, as I only really ever remember her with mobility issues  – firstly using sticks to get around and later being confined to a wheelchair.  Nan’s condition went un-diagnosed during her lifetime but today it seems likely that she could have had centronuclear myopathy like dad and I.





Dad’s 70th

Dad celebrated his 70th birthday in 2014. To mark the occasion, me and the Little Sis got him a bottle of sparkling wine from New Lodge Vineyard in Earls Barton, Northamptonshire where some of our ancestors lived which we gave to him in a wine box personalised with his name and date of both.

We also gave him an armed forces bear from Great British Teddies in RAF gear, like his father might have worn when he served.  The bears are dressed at the Poppy factory in the UK by wounded ex-military personnel, that Great British Teddies employ to get wounded, sick and injured ex-armed forces men and women back to work.


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