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Captain John Nathaniel Gower

Birthplace:
- Ipswich, England

Birthdate:
- 9 April 1838

Nationality:
- English

Height:
- 5 feet 10½ inches

Family Background:
- Gower's father was C. F. Gower, whose address was "Nova Scotia House, Ipswich." His position is not known, nor is the significance of the name of his address

At Sandhurst:
- No

Foreign Languages:
- French

Career before Halifax:
- Ensign, 1 May 1857 (purchase)
- Lieutenant, 20 November 1857 (non purchase)
- Captain, 26 October 1865 (non purchase)

Medals & Awards:
 
- None

Postings while in NS Command:
- in Scotland with depot companies until 5 May 1871
- posted to Halifax 6 May 1871, where he remained until 25 November 1871

Married:
- Elizabeth Erskine Forbes, in Episcopal House, Inverary, 20 September 1870

Children:
- None

Career after Halifax:
- Brevet Major, 13 February 1878
- Honorary Lieutenant Colonel (retired pay), 25 May 1878

A letter written on Gower's behalf at the time of his application for a first commission stated that he was “of a good family of Essex now located in Suffolk.” His wife did not accompany him on his posting to Halifax.

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