From the Mitcham News & Mercury, 24th February, 1961
Timber Yard Man Dies In Hospital
A man who joined the Merchant Navy when he was 10 and sailed round the world twice before leaving the service, died on Friday at his Rose Avenue, Mitcham, home.
He was Mr. Albert Henry Bowdery who, until six months ago, lived for many years at Bath Road, Mitcham. He was 61.
Mr. Bowdery was best known for the timber yard he ran from his home. He retired and became security officer at Wimbledon Greyhound track about six months ago.
During the first world war, when he was 17, Mr. Bowdery was twice in ships which were sunk. Both incidents occurred within six weeks and, on one occasion, he was picked up by a German ship after being six hours in the sea and was interned in Holland.
Mr. Bowdery died in hospital. He leaves a widow, a son, two brothers and a daughter.
The funeral was on Friday 24th February 1961 at London Road Cemetery.