Brethren Archive

Gerald Robart Cowell

Born: 5th June 1898
Died: 19th February 1963

Intro, Biographical Information, Notes etc:

Born at Saffron Walden, Essex.  In 1921 he was a Customs and Excise Officer.

Michael Schneider said ...

Is it possible that his middle name was “Robart” or is this an error in the National Probate Calendar?

Sunday, Mar 22, 2020 : 06:24
Nick said ...
Well spotted, Michael! 'Robart' is correct, it seems. His birth registration and Universilty of London records both agree.
Monday, Mar 23, 2020 : 00:10
Marty said ...

Cowell, Gerald Robart - 5th June 1898 ~ 19th February 1963, age 64.
Father: Alfred John Cowell - 18th August 1862 ~ 10th July 1908, age 45.
Mother: Euphemia (Effie) Jemima Brock - 30th October 1865 ~ 11th August 1950, age 84.
Wife: Irene May Holding - 20th April 1896 ~ 1st April 1982, age 85.
  Alan Cowell - c1922 ~
  Tommy Cowell - September 1923 ~ September 1923
  Dr. Brian Cowell - 
  Kathleen Effie Cowell (R.A. Strong) - 15th November 1891 ~ March 1971, age 79.
  Irene Olive Cowell (T.S. Seeley) - 13th December 1894 ~ 25th December 1966, age 72.
  Hugh Brock Cowell (B.J. Rose) - July 1901 ~ 25th May 1938
  Eric Claude Cowell (L.D. Clarkson) - 2nd November 1905 ~ January 1989, age 83.

Monday, Oct 4, 2021 : 02:29
Greg said ...
A printer named A J Cowell was often used by WJ Lowe and those in fellowship with him.
Is there any likelihood that this was GRC's father?
Wednesday, Jan 18, 2023 : 08:53
Tom said ...

His father was a,

Alfred John Cowell
18th Aug 1862 – 10 JUL 1908

So that would appear so.

Picture of his grave from Ancestry (buried in Saffron Walden):

Wednesday, Jan 18, 2023 : 15:33
Jonathan said ...

NOTE: please see Nick Fleet's correcting note to this speculation below. I have left this comment up merely to show the thread of conversation.


If I'm scan-reading this correctly, there is a reference to A J Cowell who was a printer and who was excommunicated from the Ealing meeting (at least, the side that supported Raven) in the context of his apparent support of the Lowe party:

(search for Cowell in the page)

If this is indeed GR Cowell's father, and given his father was not even 30 years old at the time, one wonders what prompted GR Cowell to end up back in the London party?

Wednesday, Jan 18, 2023 : 22:37
Jonathan said ...

NOTE: please see Nick Fleet's correcting note to this speculation below. I have left this comment up merely to show the thread of conversation.


Answering my own question here:

Is is said here that AJC and his wife were connected with a Baptist church. (Perhaps after his excommunication?)

Evidently GRC did not become a Christian until after his father's death - and his mother was initially 'violently opposed' to him joining, in 1915, what must have been a London meeting.

Wednesday, Jan 18, 2023 : 22:50
Nick Fleet said ...

A. J. Cowell, the Ealing printer and GRC's father are not the same person. The latter, Alfred John Cowell (1862-1908) of Saffron Walden was a Commercial Traveller according to both the 1891 and 1901 censuses. The printer was Alfred James Cowell (1838-1914) born in Cheltenham but living at 2a Oxford Road, Enfield at the time of the 1891 census.  He died at Brentford, Middlesex.

Thursday, Jan 19, 2023 : 18:30
Jonathan said ...
Always good to have some hard facts to clear up historical (erroneous) speculation. :-) I'll edit my note accordingly.
Thursday, Jan 19, 2023 : 21:00
Tom said ...
Fair enough .. an unlikely coincidence though!
Friday, Jan 20, 2023 : 01:23
Nick Fleet said ...
To be fair, it wasn't an unreasonable assumption. It was only when I did a bit more digging that I realised it didn't tie up.
Friday, Jan 20, 2023 : 01:29

Add Comment: