2nd Officer Herbert Henry Bowhill, RNTS

1897 Jan 20. Born Norwich

1901 census at 94, Rosary Road, Norwich

1911 census at 143 London Road N Lowestoft

1919 Feb Sailed on crew of Lime Leaf as 3rd mate.   Lime Leaf was an Emergency Wartime Construction LEAF Group Freighting Tanker. During WW1, 18 vessels of varying types were acquired second hand and converted or purchased and converted while on the stocks or in a few cases building as tankers. Some were converted after serving with the Dummy Battleship Squadron by the insertion of cylindrical tanks in their holds. All were originally intended to operate as RFA’s, however owing to reasons of international law and the operation of the US Neutrality Act, these oilers became Mercantile Fleet Auxiliaries, being renamed with the LEAF nomenclature, and placed under civilian management, although operationally they remained under Admiralty control.

1919 Jan 29. Lime Leaf sailed Devonport for Halifax arriving on 8 February 1919

1919 Mar 6. Lime Leaf sailed Glasgow to Halifax

1919 Apr 24. Lime Leaf berthed at Gibraltar from Port Arthur via Norfolk. Lime Leaf appears to have been sold and renamed after this.

1919 Jul - Oct. The RN Medal Roll shows entitlement to Victory and British War Medals (not claimed/issued) for service in HMS LOBSTER as a mate in the Mercantile Marine Reserve. LOBSTER was the White Sea depot ship, from July to October 1919, for transport ships operating up the river from Archangel

1921 Jan 12. Joined ADRIC service no 1537. Posted to N Coy

1921 Apr 2. Posted to Q Coy

Fines of £1 and £2-2-0

1922 Jan 28. Discharged on demobilisation of ADRIC

1939 Jan/Mar married in Norfolk to Evelyn M Kerridge (1912–1973)

1939 Register. He is a Commercial Traveller (Electrical Applicances) living at The Limes,Eastgate Cawston , St Faith's and Aylsham R.D., Norfolk with wife Evelyn M

1941 Nov 28. To be Actg. Pt. Offs. on prob. (emergency): —Herbert Henry BOWHILL (113075).

1976 Mar. Died Norwich