1895 Oct 24 . Born Stockport, Cheshire
1901 census at 9, Lowfield Grove, Stockport
1911 census at 54 Oakfield Road Stockport
1914 Aug 3. Enlisted in Cheshire Regt
1915 Jul 19. Landed in France
1917 Apr 20 Returns to UK
1917 Oct 30 Commissioned 2nd Lt in W. Yorks Regt
1918 Mar 28. Taken POW when with 2/4th battalion KOYLI on attachment
1918 Dec 25. Repatriated
1919 May 1. Promoted Lt.
1920 Sep 29. Married in Stockport Cheshire to Lavinia Plant
1921 Feb 8. Joined ADRIC with service no 1658. Posted to O Coy
1921 Feb 13. Posted to N Coy
1921 Apr 16. Posted to Depot
1921 Apr 23. Oddly the original entry in the Leave Book was "Resigned at own request" and it was corrected actually by DRO to "Resignation accepted"
1921 Dec 12. Gazetted out of W Yorks as Lt
He then took out a Seaman's Card to work as a Steward
1927 Convicted in Liverpool, but War Office never found out.
1929 Dec 3. Lt. J. W. Pownall (late temp. Lt., W. York R ) on conviction by the Civil Power is deprived of the rank of Lt.
1939 Register He is an inmate at at Bruce House L C C Lodging House Kemble Street , City of Westminster,. It is a LCC lodging house and he is a General Clerk
1949 Jan 3. Died Ruislip, Middlesex.