Grantham factory worker to be remembered on anniversary of air raid

Frederick Fowler is buried in the churchyard of St Sebastian's in Great Gonerby.
Frederick Fowler is buried in the churchyard of St Sebastian's in Great Gonerby.
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A Great Gonerby man who was killed in a bombing raid in the Second World War will be remembered at special events in Newark next week.

Husband and father Frederick Fowler was 39 when he was killed while working at the Ransome and Marles ball bearings factory in Newark. The factory was bombed during a German air raid 75 years ago on March 7, 1941, killing 41 workers and injuring 165.

Gravestone of Frederick Fowler and his wife Edith Mary, of Great Gonerby, in the graveyard of St Sebastian's church.

Gravestone of Frederick Fowler and his wife Edith Mary, of Great Gonerby, in the graveyard of St Sebastian's church.

Mr Fowler, who lived in Long Street, Great Gonerby, was buried in his local churchyard at St Sebastian’s, where a gravestone marks the burial place of him and his wife Edith Mary, who died aged 90 in 1995.

On Saturday, March 5, candles in the shape of a 41 will be lit at Newark Town Hall at 1.30pm. A former town mayor, Chris Grant, who lost his father that day, will call out the names and HMS Newark bell will toll after each name is read. The Last Reveille will be played and there will be prayers led by the Rev Stephen Morris.

There will be a further commemoriation at Newark Air Museum on Sunday, March 6, including an air raid demonstration by the Nottingham Fire Serice and Auxiliary Fire Service Vehicles Group. The demonstration will start at 1.25pm, the start of the raid in 1941.

On Monday, March 7, the actual date of the raid, those who died will be remembered in a special event led by the Friends of Newark Cemetery. The group together with schoolchildren and others will gather at the cemetery at 1.30pm where a full account of the bombing will be given by Mr Grant and the children will read out the names. Newark Royal Air Force Association will give a guard of honour.

From 2.30pm to 4.30pm there will be tours of the graves and a poppy cross will be placed on each one. There will also be an exhibition of photos and a history display at Newark Cemetery Interpretation Centre, and in Newark Library during March.