My sister and I have been trying to find out the meaning of our great grandfather’s ceremonial regalia. We would love to know what club, trade council, or civic body John Bowker belonged to. Our mother (his granddaughter), has never known why he wore this uniform and it would be great to tell her.
John Bowker was born in 1868 in Skipton, and was a Master Tailor in Stockton-on-Tees, which included making the uniforms for officers. We do not have a date for the photograph, but we think he may have been about 65 years old, which brings it to 1933.
Any information about his regalia would be much appreciated.
Photograph and details courtesy of Mary Richardson.