373. Geoffrey Kendal MOWLE M.C. was born on 26 November 1897 at 8 St John's Road, Queen's Park in Chester, Cheshire, England, United Kingdom.357 BORN - QUEEN'S PARK CHESTER In 1901 he lived at Lyndale, Queens Park in Chester, Cheshire, England, United Kingdom.282 He was educated from 1910 in Aldenham School, Elstree, Herts, UK. In 1911 Geoffrey lived at Lyndale 7 St Georges Crescent Queens Park in Chester, Cheshire, England, United Kingdom.287 He served in the military from 6 March 1917 to 1 April 1918 in France. Served as 2nd Lieut. with 5th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment and was awarded the Military Cross.
Gazette No. 30561. Military Cross. The award was announced in the London Gazette dated 18th October, 1917, the following is a statement of service for which the Military Cross was conferred. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He led his men with great dash in the attack; he was the first into the enemy's trenches, and immediately attacked the enemy with the bayonet. He afterwards reorganised his command and led them forward as a covering party. Throughout the day he showed great coolness and was
at once on the spot where any danger was apprehended.
Extracts from the diaries of Mary Elizabeth Mowle (Nee Kendal) as transcribed by her granddaughter - Anne Kendal:
2.8.1916 - Geoffrey arrived from school so he had a talk with Norman as to his training.
30.1.1917 - Geoffrey cam home from Cambridge having finished there. What will be the next steps..........
4.3.1917 - Geoffrey cam for a few hours on his way to Oswestry
5.3.1917 - Back again saying he was to prepare to go to France tomorrow night, crossing from Folkstone to Bologne. It's all very sudden. He takes it very quietly.
27.4.1917 - News of Geoffrey's first experience of a fight in the trenches, four days of it.
4.5.1917 - News from Geoffrey. He and his men on night patrol met three Germans. Two supposed shot. The third, a young fellow from Berlin, Geoffrey took prisoner. He has been congratulated from Head Quarters.
16.9.1917 - We hear from Geoffrey that he is to receive the Military Cross.
5.10.1917 - Telegram saying that Geoffrey would be home at 11pm
26.11.1917 - Geoffrey's 20th anniversary. He has been home on leave and left us yesterday with his mother and Nellie to go to London when tomorrow he will receive from the king the Silver Military Cross.
28.11.1917 - Geoffrey received the Military Cross from the King at Buckingham Palace. Gertrude and Nellie waited a long time.....a thrilling night......Geoffrey was quite calm and self-possessed. He now waits for orders to return to the front.
30.3.1918 - This afternoon a telegram telling that Geoffrey is severely woundedand has been taken to the base hospital at Etaples, France.
1.4.1918 - Geoffrey removed to Marylebone Hospital, London We are all thankful for the safe crossing and that he will be in touch with Norman.
2.5.18 - Geoffrey has returned on leave.
He served in the military Royal Air Force, Long Distance Night Bombing Training from 2 November 1918 to 16 November 1918 at Uxbridge School of Gunnery in Ealing. London, England, United Kingdom.358 Geoffrey served in the military Discharge from Active Service on 16 November 1919 at Dispersal Unit in Crystal Palace, London, England, United Kingdom.359 On 27 August 1925 he was a Clerk in Chester, Cheshire, England, United Kingdom.360 On 27 August 1925 he lived at Treliske, Queens Park in Chester, Cheshire, England, United Kingdom.360 In 1934 Geoffrey lived StreetAddress: 77 Earlsway Chester in Cheshire, England, United Kingdom.361 On 14 December 1934 he lived at 77 Earlsway, Curzon Park in Chester, Cheshire, England, United Kingdom.362 As shown on Birth Certificate of his daughter Susanne Mary Mowle He served in the military from 1939 to 1945 in Chester, Cheshire, England, United Kingdom. Served in the Home Guard In 1939 Geoffrey lived at 77 Earlsway, Curzon Park in Chester, Cheshire, England, United Kingdom.363 In 1939 he was a Timber Broker's Sales Clerk in Chester, Cheshire, England, United Kingdom.363 He died on 20 November 1969 at the age of 71 at Crossley Hospital in Chester, Cheshire, England, United Kingdom.364,365 Geoffrey was buried on 14 January 1970 in Chester, Cheshire, England, United Kingdom.288,366 He had his estate probated on 16 March 1970 in Sheffield.365 He was a Timber Brokers Clerk.
Geoffrey Kendal MOWLE M.C. and Joan Musgrave WOODS were married on 27 August 1925 at Parish Church of St Mary in Chester, Cheshire, England, United Kingdom.360 Joan Musgrave WOODS, daughter of John WOODS and Mary Constance MUSGRAVE, was born on 27 September 1901 at 27 Bowden Road in Wynberg, Cape of Good Hope (Cape Colony), Africa.367 She immigrated on 15 September 1909 to Southampton, England, United Kingdom.368 The passenger list shows that she was accompanied on the voyage from Durban, South Africa to Southampton, UK (on the Gascon) by Mabel E Wood (sic) On 2 April 1911 she lived the home of her grandparents (Joseph and Rebecca Musgrave) at 45, White Friars, Chester St Martin in Chester, Cheshire, England, United Kingdom.369,370 On 27 August 1925 Joan lived at 74 Hough Green in Chester, Cheshire, England, United Kingdom.360 On 14 December 1934 she lived at 77 Earlsway, Curzon Park in Chester, Cheshire, England, United Kingdom.362 In 1939 she lived at 77 Earlsway, Curzon Park in Chester, Cheshire, England, United Kingdom.363 Joan died on 26 December 1989 at the age of 88 at Chester Nursing Home, 58/60 Liverpool Road in Chester, Cheshire, England, United Kingdom.105,371 From Bronchopneumonia and Cardiovascular accident. She was buried on 5 January 1990 at Overleigh Cemetry in Chester, Cheshire, England, United Kingdom.288,372 She had her estate probated on 15 January 1990 in Liverpool, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom.105 The picture, taken in 1983, shows Joan Musgrave Mowle (Nee Woods) with her 2 daughters, Hilary (right) and "Tudy" (Left), her Grandson Coll and her Gt Granddaughter Lucy.
Geoffrey Kendal MOWLE M.C. and Joan Musgrave WOODS had the following children:
|Hilary Constance MOWLE.|
| Susanne Mary "Tudy" MOWLE was born on 14 December 1934 at Westminster Nursing Home, Liverpool Road in Chester, Cheshire, England, United Kingdom.373,374 On 15 December 1934 she lived at 77 Earlsway, Curzon Park in Chester, Cheshire, England, United Kingdom.373 In 1970 she lived at Park Road West, Curzon Park in Chester, Cheshire, England, United Kingdom.373 On 27 April 2016 Tudy lived at Tarvin Court Care Centre, 4 Tarvin Road in Chester, Cheshire, England, United Kingdom.373 On 20 March 2018 she lived at Oaklands Nursing Home, 10 Tarvin Road in Chester, Cheshire, England, United Kingdom.373,375 She died from Cerebrovascular Disease and Vascular Dementia on 27 March 2018 at the age of 83 at Oaklands Nursing Home, 10 Tarvin Road in Chester, Cheshire, England, United Kingdom. She never Married.373,376 Tudy's funeral was held on 25 April 2018 at Wrexham Crematorium in Wrexham, Wales, United Kingdom373 |
Susanne Mary Mowle
Funeral Eulogy given by Coll Macdonald
If I mentioned the name Susanne Mowle to anyone who knew her well they would probably have said,“who”? Because she was known to almost everyone as Tudy, a name that came from her childhood inability to say her own name. So, Susanne and Susie became Tudanne and Tudy a name that stuck with her for the rest of her life.
Born on 14th December 1934, she was the youngest daughter of Geoffrey and Joan Mowle of 77 Earlsway, Curzon Park in Chester. Being some 7 years younger than her sister,my mother, Hilary who was packed off to boarding school during the war years(presumably to escape the bombing) I think that Tudy’s childhood was very much that of an only child.
From all accounts,her childhood was that of a comfortably off middle class family albeit suffering the hardship that came with war and rationing. There are numerous happy photos of her in school uniform at 77 Earlsway and of the extended family on their annual holidays to Criccieth and Black Rock Sands on the Welsh coast.
In 1944, aged 10,like her sister she too was sent off too boarding school. Unlike her sister who attended the almost local Howells school in Denbigh, Tudy went to Wentworth School in Bournemouth to start an education that unfortunately she would never finish.
Reports and letters from the school refer to her having to leave before completing any exams due to illness and my recollections of family conversations are that having been born a blue baby she was more susceptible to illnesses and in this case had contracted Rubella, a much more serious disease then than it is now, and this left her with health problems for the rest of her life.
After school she attended secretarial college and went on to have several jobs over the next 30 years including 23 years as PA and secretary to the Sales Director of Dixon Bate, a well-known local engineering company until redundancy effectively ended her working life.
Alongside her professional roles she was also a carer. Never having married and always living at home, she first helped her mother nurse her father following his stroke until his death in 1969.
And then, moving from the family home in 1970, just around the corner, to a smaller house in Park Road West Tudy continued to live with her mother until her death in 1989 once again being thrown into the role of carer, full time for many years, as her mother’s health deteriorated.
After her mothers death, she tried hard to get back on the professional ladder attending telephonist and typing/secretarial refresher courses but sadly the world had I think moved on and it was difficult for her to find long term employment.
She did however develop a number of interests to keep her busy. She was a member of the Chester Civic Trust, The National Trust, The English Speaking Union, The Chester Zoological Society, The Liverpool Philharmonic Society and the Chester Theatre Club.
Living in the south of England as we did, meetings with our aunt were all too infrequent however Murray and my first personal recollections of Tudy were in the early 60’s as a trendy aunt who had a gramophone. I can remember, as a 7 or 8 year old, sitting on the bed in her room at 77 Earlsway listening to records of the moment: Russ Conway on piano playing Side Saddle, A walk in the black Forest by Horst Jankowski (which we will hear at the end of this service) and Massachusetts by the Bee Gees all of which I re-discovered when clearing her house a couple of years ago.
Next was the little blue Mini Metro. It must have been about the mid – 80s so I had been driving for some time myself but I remember being driven around Chester in said vehicle at frightening speed and occasionally on what I judged to be only 2 wheels!
For those of you that don’t know Park Road West, it is a narrow tree line avenue and Number 9 had a very narrow drive with one of those trees right outside. I always found it difficult to negotiate my way in or out. Not Tudy! The little blue Metro would fly out backwards like a cork from a champagne bottle and as far as I know always without mishap!!
I also remember that she had a succession of pet cats. One particularly grumpy member of the feline species was aptly named Thatcher! In fact, again while clearing out her house, I found this letter [read letter].I think that this either proves a great sense of humour or perhaps an even stronger allegiance to the Conservative association than we thought!
She used to come and stay with us either at home in Sherborne, Maidenhead, Portsmouth or Uppingham or join us on our family holidays in Cornwall. Whatever the location I remember the last minute panic before her arrival as my father was dispatched to buy a bottle of Dubonet (whatever that is) which was Tudy’s tipple of choice. As nobody else ever seemed to drink it, invariably half a bottle was thrown away after her visit leading to the same panic prior to the next visit.
More recently, the memories are of Sunday lunches with her great Nieces and Nephew before the annual trips to Chester Zoo – always a highlight for the children.
Sadly, the onset of dementia and almost total deafness curtailed many of these activities. She became more and more isolated and reclusive until in 2016, after a spell in hospital following a fall that led to a broken hip, we took the decision that she could no longer look after herself and she moved into the care of Tarvin Court Nursing home.
It is comforting to know that during her last 2 years she was not alone in her house but was well looked after and appeared happy and contented with people always around her.
In spite of the dementia that progressively worsened she continued to recognize me when I visited and even seemed to understand the fact that she had recently become a Great, Great Aunt!
Given her long connection with Chester Zoo it seems fitting that the last photograph we have of her is sitting in a chair at Tarvin Court, wearing a huge smile and stroking a large owl!