Richard Bottomley Nowell was born in Ashton-under-Lyne on September 7, 1880. His father was a medical surgeon and so Richard studied medicine for a time before becoming a “gentleman”.
He was commissioned into the 3rd Volounteer Battalion, the Manchester Regiment on February 21, 1903. Appointed Captain on June 10, 1905 he maintained that rank and his seniority when the 3rd Volounteer Battalion became the 9th Battalion Manchester Regiment on April 1, 1908.
On June 22, 1908 he married Florence Elizabeth Ann Tipler and they moved to Wilmslow, Cheshire where they had two children.
He sailed with the Battalion to Egypt in September 1914 and on November 4, 1914 was promoted to Major. Landing with the battalion at Gallipoli on May 10, 1915 (with the Transport section), he was second in command and “D” Company commanding officer. 12 days later when Lt. Col. DH Wade was shot by a sniper he temporarily assumed command of the Battalion before turning it over the next day. Later in the campaign he assumed command of the Battalion again from June 9th to July 16th being granted the temporary rank of Lieutenant Colonel. On August 7, 1915 he was wounded while leading 1/2 of the Battalion in the Battle of Krithia Vineyard.
He left with the Battalion when they evacuated the Gallipoli peninsula and served with them in Egypt in 1916. He took home leave in the UK returning on July 20, 1916 and was again posted as 2nd in command.
In March 1917 the Battalion shipped out to France and Lt. Col. (Temp.) RB NOWELL was once again placed in command of the Battalion from April 27 to May 25, 1917 and again from July 27 to 30 when Lt. Col. E.C. Lloyd went on leave to Paris. On August 7 he proceeded to England on leave and after his return took temporary command of the Battalion again from September 15 to October 15 while Lt. Col. Lloyd was away. In December 1917 he proceeded to England on leave from 13th to the 29th. On January 15, 1918 he proceeded to the UK to report to the War Office.
In July 1918 his wife died and after the war he moved to Lytham St Annes. In early 1921 he married Annie Brown and by 1939 was living in Devon as a retired stock breeder. His son had emigrated to Brazil in 1948 and so in 1953 he and his wife also emigrated to Brazil.
Lt. Col. Richard Bottomley Nowell died in Brazil on February 22, 1959. He was 78 years old.