BRITTON BOWELL was born in Amherst, Ohio on July 17, 1921 to
Lloyd F. Bowell and his wife, the former Elizabeth Berry. His
father had served in the United States Army as a Second
Lieutenant during World War I. Jack Bowell was the oldest of
three brothers, coming before Lloyd Jr. and Robert.
Bowell family had moved from Ohio shortly before the birth of
Robert Bowell in 1923 to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and in time
to Camden. Sadly, Lloyd Bowell Sr. passed away on November 5,
1934 and he was buried at Philadelphia National Cemetery. Lloyd
Bowell Sr. was not living with his family when the census was
taken in April of 1930, this may have been for any number of
reasons including illness.
the 1940 City Directory was compiled the family was living at
639 North 8th Street in North Camden. Jack Bowell was working at
the RCA-Victor factory as machine operators, and Lloyd Bowell
Jr. also worked there, as a gluer.
Britton Bowell enlisted in the United States Army on October 16,
1940. His brother Lloyd Jr., younger by a year, enlisted three
days later. It appears that Jack Bowell was initially scheduled
to go to the Philippines, this, however may not have happened,
as the National Archives have no record of him as a prisoner of
war, the fate of virtually all of the American military
personnel stationed in the Philippines who were not killed
during the Japanese invasion. Lloyd Bowell's enlistment was for
the Panama Canal Zone. Younger brother Robert was drafted in
October of 1943 for the Army Air Corps. Jack Bowell reached the
rank of Corporal before being discharged from the Army.
1947 Camden City Directory reveals that Jack Bowell had returned
to Camden, and that his father had passed away. He lived with
his mother, brothers Lloyd Jr. and Robert at 639 North 8th
Street in North
Camden. Mrs. Bowell is listed at that address in the 1959
New Jersey Bell Telephone Directory. Jack Bowell is known to
have lived at apartment 261-B of the Westfield Gardens
Apartments on Westfield
Avenue in East
Camden during his tenure with the Camden Fire Department.
February 16, 1959 Jack B. Bowell was appointed to the Camden Fire Department.
He reported for duty with Engine
Company 8 on Kaighn
Avenue that day. On April 16, 1960 Jack Bowell was
transferred to Engine
Company 3. He resigned from his position with the Camden
Fire Department on August 2, 1964.
B. Bowell later moved to St. Paul Minnesota. He died on March
27, 2008 and was buried at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in
South Minneapolis, Minnesota.