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Sir (William) Guy Nott-Bower

(1890-1977), Civil servant

Sitter in 5 portraits

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Ann Smith (archive assistant)

8 October 2017, 13:53

William Guy Nott-Bower is the subject of ongoing research at the Cotesbach Educational Trust in South Leicestershire. He is one of a number of Brasenose College, Oxford, undergraduates who feature in a photograph album of 1913 housed in Cotesbach Archive. Findings so far are as follows:

William Guy Nott Bower C.B.E. (1890-1977)

Born on 9th October 1890 in Liverpool, Guy was the oldest of five sons of Sir William Nott Bower, the Liverpool Chief Constable who went on to become Commissioner of the City of London Police. (Guy’s brother John was Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police 1953-55.) Guy won a classical scholarship to Cheltenham College in 1904 and passed the entry exam to Brasenose College, Oxford in 1909 with distinctions in both Latin and Greek; he was again awarded a classical scholarship. His sporting talents included football, rugby and rowing. He married Frances Winifred Matthews on 21st November 1914, the year after he graduated, by which time he was described as being ‘of the Ceylon Civil Service’; only a week after the wedding, the couple sailed together for Ceylon. Their first daughter was born there in 1916 but the second was born in London 2 years later. In August 1918, Guy enlisted in the Inns of Court Officer Training Corps, then transferred to the Ceylon Planters’ Rifles. After the war, the couple settled in London. Guy became a senior civil servant with posts in the Mines Department, the Ministry of Fuel & Power and the Air Ministry. He was President of the Brasenose Society, 1952-54. He died in Taunton, Somerset, at the age of 87.

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