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Anne Doolan1

F, #15651, b. about 1887, d. DECEASED

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  • Birth: Anne Doolan was born about 1887 in Galway, Ireland.1
  • Death: She died DECEASED.

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  • Reference Number: Anne Doolan had reference number 15651.
  • Residence: She resided in Portumna, Galway, Ireland, on 31 March 1901 35 Old Street.1
  • Census: She was enumerated on the census of 1901 in Portumna, Galway, Ireland.
  • Occupation: She was a Scholar in Portumna, Galway, Ireland, on 31 March 1901.

Citations

  1. [S830] SOURCE: (Full): Ancestry.com,
    Source Combined Fields: Census of Ireland 1901/1911. The National Archives of Ireland. http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/search/: accessed 31 May 2013.,
    Repository: Ancestry.com,
    Citation Text: Record for Thomas Doolan

Molly Doolan1

F, #15652, b. about 1891, d. DECEASED

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  • Birth: Molly Doolan was born about 1891 in Galway, Ireland.1
  • Death: She died DECEASED.

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  • Reference Number: Molly Doolan had reference number 15652.
  • Residence: She resided in Portumna, Galway, Ireland, on 31 March 1901 35 Old Street.1
  • Census: She was enumerated on the census of 1901 in Portumna, Galway, Ireland.
  • Occupation: She was a Scholar in Portumna, Galway, Ireland, on 31 May 1901.

Citations

  1. [S830] SOURCE: (Full): Ancestry.com,
    Source Combined Fields: Census of Ireland 1901/1911. The National Archives of Ireland. http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/search/: accessed 31 May 2013.,
    Repository: Ancestry.com,
    Citation Text: Record for Thomas Doolan

Thomas Doolan1

M, #15653, b. about 1892, d. DECEASED

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  • Birth: Thomas Doolan was born about 1892 in Galway, Ireland.1
  • Death: He died DECEASED.

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  • Reference Number: Thomas Doolan had reference number 15653.
  • Residence: He resided in Portumna, Galway, Ireland, on 31 March 1901 35 Old Street.1
  • Census: He was enumerated on the census of 1901 in Portumna, Galway, Ireland.
  • Occupation: He was a Scholar in Portumna, Galway, Ireland, on 31 March 1901.

Citations

  1. [S830] SOURCE: (Full): Ancestry.com,
    Source Combined Fields: Census of Ireland 1901/1911. The National Archives of Ireland. http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/search/: accessed 31 May 2013.,
    Repository: Ancestry.com,
    Citation Text: Record for Thomas Doolan

Nora Doolan1

F, #15654, b. about 1894, d. DECEASED

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  • Birth: Nora Doolan was born about 1894 in Galway, Ireland.1
  • Death: She died DECEASED.

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  • Reference Number: Nora Doolan had reference number 15654.
  • Residence: She resided in Portumna, Galway, Ireland, on 31 March 1901 35 Old Street.1
  • Census: She was enumerated on the census of 1901 in Portumna, Galway, Ireland.
  • Occupation: She was a Scholar in Portumna, Galway, Ireland, on 31 March 1901.

Citations

  1. [S830] SOURCE: (Full): Ancestry.com,
    Source Combined Fields: Census of Ireland 1901/1911. The National Archives of Ireland. http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/search/: accessed 31 May 2013.,
    Repository: Ancestry.com,
    Citation Text: Record for Thomas Doolan

Kathleen Doolan1

F, #15655, b. about 1896, d. DECEASED

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  • Birth: Kathleen Doolan was born about 1896 in Galway, Ireland.1
  • Death: She died DECEASED.

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  • Reference Number: Kathleen Doolan had reference number 15655.
  • Residence: She resided in Portumna, Galway, Ireland, on 31 March 1901 35 Old Street.1
  • Census: She was enumerated on the census of 1901 in Portumna, Galway, Ireland.
  • Occupation: She was a Scholar in Portumna, Galway, Ireland, on 31 March 1901.

Citations

  1. [S830] SOURCE: (Full): Ancestry.com,
    Source Combined Fields: Census of Ireland 1901/1911. The National Archives of Ireland. http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/search/: accessed 31 May 2013.,
    Repository: Ancestry.com,
    Citation Text: Record for Thomas Doolan

Sarah Doolan1

F, #15656, b. about 1898, d. DECEASED

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  • Birth: Sarah Doolan was born about 1898 in Galway, Ireland.1
  • Death: She died DECEASED.

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  • Reference Number: Sarah Doolan had reference number 15656.
  • Residence: She resided in Portumna, Galway, Ireland, on 31 March 1901 35 Old Street.1
  • Census: She was enumerated on the census of 1901 in Portumna, Galway, Ireland.
  • Occupation: She was a Scholar in Portumna, Galway, Ireland, on 31 March 1901.

Citations

  1. [S830] SOURCE: (Full): Ancestry.com,
    Source Combined Fields: Census of Ireland 1901/1911. The National Archives of Ireland. http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/search/: accessed 31 May 2013.,
    Repository: Ancestry.com,
    Citation Text: Record for Thomas Doolan

John Doolan1

M, #15657, b. about 1901, d. DECEASED

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Vital Facts

  • Birth: John Doolan was born about 1901 in Galway, Ireland.
  • Death: He died DECEASED.

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  • Reference Number: John Doolan had reference number 15657.
  • Residence: He resided in Portumna, Galway, Ireland, on 31 March 1901 35 Old Street.1
  • Census: He was enumerated on the census of 1901 in Portumna, Galway, Ireland.

Citations

  1. [S830] SOURCE: (Full): Ancestry.com,
    Source Combined Fields: Census of Ireland 1901/1911. The National Archives of Ireland. http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/search/: accessed 31 May 2013.,
    Repository: Ancestry.com,
    Citation Text: Record for Thomas Doolan

William H Dowling1,2

M, #15658, b. September 1953, d. 2 March 2013

Parents

  • Father*: Living Dowling
  • Mother*: Living Bennison
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BIOGRAPHY

Vital Facts

  • Birth: William H Dowling was born in September 1953 in Swindon, Wiltshire, England, POSSIBLE - Index: Volume 7c Page: 727.2
  • Birth: He was born in 1954.3
  • Marriage: He and Pauline L Bartlett were married between October and December 1975 in Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, POSSIBLE - Index: Volume 23 Page: 1517.1
  • Death: He died on 2 March 2013, at age 59, in Devizes, Wiltshire, England, Moonrakers Estate.3

Other Facts

  • Name: William H Dowling was also known as William Dowling.3
  • Reference Number: He had reference number 15658.
  • Residence: He resided in Devizes, Wiltshire, England, before 2 March 2013 Moonrakers Estate.3

Narrative

METRO - Tuesday, January 14, 2014 Page 7:
Ex-officer 'unstable' before 2 shootings
The bodies of a retired poli8ceman and his ex-girlfriend were found with gunshot wounds at his home, an inquest heard.
The corpses of retired inspector Bill Dowling (pictured), 59, and Victoria Rose, 58, were discovered by neighbours in the porch. Th emental health of Mr Dowling, who had worked for the Ministry of Defence, had declined sharply in the months before his death, the hearing was told. He had separated from Ms Rose in 2012 but they had remained friends. The bodies were found at his home in Devizes, Wiltshire, in Mar4ch last ---year. The inquest at Salisbury coroner's court is expected to conclude today.
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Coroner delivers verdict at Devizes double shooting inquest

2:53pm Tuesday 14th January 2014 in Devizes By Anne Moore

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

Bill Dowling The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Victoria Rose

An inquest into the death of retired police inspector Bill Dowling and his former partner Victoria Rose has decided that Mr Dowling caused his own death and Mrs Rose's death was one of unlawful killing.

Coroner David Ridley, who recorded a narrative verdict, said physical evidence at the scene showed two gun shots were fired leading to Mrs Rose's death and a third, which resulted in the death of Mr Dowling at his home in on the Moonrakers estate, Devizes.

He said: “Shortly after 8.40am on Saturday March 2 Bill shot himself in the head using his shotgun in the porch area of his home. He had recently been diagnosed with anxiety and depression.

“The examination after the death revealed that Bill had not been taking medication as prescribed. I'm satisfied that Bill did die from a deliberate act initiated by himself.

“There was no note left, but I have taken into account the different text messages that Bill recorded on his phone at around 6.26pm the previous day. To me the clear suggestion is that a body would be found in the back garden, that something would happen.

“On the morning of her death Mrs Rose received a call from Mr Dowling asking her to come over as he was bleeding from parts of his body, but this account was not proved at the inquest.”

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Mr Ridley said that Mrs Rose was "lured" to the property and, although Mr Dowling suffered from anxiety and depression, he understood what he was doing on the morning itself.

He said: "On entering the house she was confronted by her ex-partner who was holding a shotgun, she turned round and was shot in the head.

“I'm satisfied that, yes, Bill was suffering from depression and anxiety, but there is an awful amount of planning that has gone on.

“Essentially Victoria was lured to the property that morning on the pretence of bogus medical complaints.

“The appropriate conclusion is to record that Victoria Rose's death was one of unlawful killing.”
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Wiltshire Police say handling of domestic abuse has been improved and gun licensing is being looked

4:31pm Tuesday 14th January 2014 in News

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: DCI Ian Saunders gave a statement on behalf of Wiltshire Police The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Bill Dowling The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Vicky Rose
Wiltshire Police have issued a statement after Wiltshire coroner David Ridley concluded that William Dowling, 59, of the Moonrakers estate, Devizes, took his own life while suffering from depression and a general anxiety disorder and that that Victoria Rose, 58, also of Devizes, was unlawfully killed.

DCI Ian Saunders said: "This is a tragic case and our thoughts are with the families as they come to terms with the Coroner’s verdict today.

"Victoria Rose was an innocent victim whose life was violently cut short.

"It will never be fully explained what Mr Dowling’s state of mind was at the time of the shooting nor the reasons why he took such extreme action on the morning of March 2, 2013.

"The outcome has had a devastating affect on both families.

"At approximately 8am on the morning of the shootings, Mr Dowling telephoned Victoria describing a range of medical conditions that he stated he was suffering from and for which he asked for her help.

"Evidence was heard from a number of witnesses who saw Victoria arrive at Mr Dowling’s house at approximately 8.40am and some who also heard a number of loud bangs very soon after her arrival.

"Police officers went to the house following calls from concerned neighbours where they found the bodies of Victoria and Mr Dowling, both of whom had suffered gunshot wounds.

"A number of specialist forensic experts were used during the investigation. Their findings indicated that Victoria had been shot twice and that Mr Dowling shot himself with the same weapon. The Coroner was satisfied with the findings made by the forensic experts.

"The post-mortem examination of Mr Dowling showed no evidence of the conditions that he had earlier described to Victoria.

"The Coroner passed comment that this evidence demonstrated that Victoria was lured under false pretences to the house where, upon her arrival, Bill Dowling shot her and then himself.

"The court also heard that during the evening before the shootings, Bill Dowling had composed, but not sent, a number of text messages which suggested that he may end his life.

"The Coroner stated that the nature of these text messages provided evidence that Bill Dowling was considering taking his own life during the evening before the shooting.

"The Coroner stated that whilst Mr Dowling was suffering from depression anxiety and insomnia, these conditions were not of such significance to render him unable to make informed decisions about his actions.

"This has been a traumatic time for both families and I would like to recognise the dignified manner in which they have conducted themselves through both the investigation and the inquest proceedings.

"The Coroner mentioned a domestic abuse allegation against Mr Dowling from a previous partner in 1998.

"We acknowledge that this was not properly dealt [with] and fell well below the standards we would have expected from all our officers when dealing with domestic abuse at that time.

"Since that time our policy and procedures for dealing with domestic abuse incidents have been significantly improved and updated.

"The Force policy and procedure in this important area continues to be regularly reviewed in line with national best practice.

"All officers receive comprehensive training regarding domestic abuse and are now required to carry out and record detailed risk assessments of the victim’s and any other vulnerable persons safety and take positive action to prevent harm.

"Wiltshire Police has changed a great deal from when this incident happened, although it is with regret that we acknowledge that it was inappropriately dealt with.

"All reports of domestic abuse are taken very seriously and all officers and staff are expected to behave honestly and with integrity.

"We are confident that processes are in place to enable staff to challenge any inappropriate behaviour and/or report any wrong doing or dishonesty.

"We have a clear set of values and behaviours that we expect all staff to adhere to. We also continue to make it clear to all, that any wrong doing will be dealt with robustly and with consequences.

"The Coroner commented on improvements in the sharing of information between GP's and the Firearms Licensing Department.

"Since July 2011 in line with national guidance, when considering firearm and shot gun certificate applications the police have consulted with GPs.

"However following the deaths of Victoria Rose and Bill Dowling, it has been recognised that this practice does not cater for subsequent medical conditions which may make it inappropriate for the individual to continue to have access to firearms.

"Therefore, from September 2013 a pilot policy has been running between the police and two practices in Wiltshire that seeks to address this issue.

"This outlines clearly to the GP the process to follow should they have any concerns regarding a patient with access to guns.

"This will enable appropriate action to be taken, which could result in the removal of the guns and certificates.

"The outcome of the pilot will be sent to the Home Office and to National Firearms and Explosives Working Group and a decision will then be taken regarding any wider implementation of the scheme.

"Wiltshire Police are currently implementing an improvement to Force policy, where certificate holders or applicants with a history of domestic abuse will also be assessed for suitability to hold a shot gun or firearm certificate by our Public Protection Department.

"We believe that these changes in the licensing processes can only help to improve safety and reduce risk around those holding firearms and shotgun certificates."

Citations

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    Source Combined Fields: General Register Office. ;England and Wales Civil Registration Indexes ;. London, England: General Register Office. © Crown copyright. Published by permission of the Controller of HMSO and the Office for National Statistics. You must not copy on, transfer or reproduce records without the prior permission of ONS. Indexes created by the General Register Office, in London, England.,
    Repository: Ancestry.com,
    Citation Text: Record for William H Dowling
    England & Wales, Marriage Index, 1916-2005 - William Dowling
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    Source Combined Fields: General Register Office. ;England and Wales Civil Registration Indexes ;. London, England: General Register Office.

    ;© Crown copyright. Published by permission of the Controller of HMSO and the Office for National Statistics. You must not copy on, transfer, or reproduce records without the prior permission of ONS. Indexes created by the General Register Office, in London, England.

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    Repository: Ancestry.com,
    Citation Text: Record for William H Dowling
    England & Wales, Birth Index, 1916-2005 - William Dowling
  3. [S831] SOURCE: (Full):
    Source Combined Fields: Wiltshire Gazette and Herald. England, Devizes. Online Archive. http://www.gazetteandherald.co.uk/news/towns/devizesheadlines/10935679.Coroner_delivers_verdict_at_Devizes_double_shooting_inquest/ : 2014.

    Coroner delivers verdict at Devizes double shooting inquest,
    Citation Detail: Coroner delivers verdict at Devizes double shooting inquest

Frances A Fellows1,2

F, #15662, d. DECEASED
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Family

Family: Austin Dowling (b. 29 September 1888, d. September 1974)

BIOGRAPHY

Vital Facts

  • Marriage: Frances A Fellows and Austin Dowling were married between October and December 1912 in Bath, Somerset, England, Volume 5c Page: 1257.1
  • Death: She died DECEASED.

Other Facts

  • Reference Number: Frances A Fellows had reference number 15662.

Citations

  1. [S971] SOURCE: (Full): FreeBMD,
    Source Combined Fields: General Register Office. ;England and Wales Civil Registration Indexes ;. London, England: General Register Office. © Crown copyright. Published by permission of the Controller of HMSO and the Office for National Statistics. You must not copy on, transfer or reproduce records without the prior permission of ONS. Database Copyright © 1998-2003 Graham Hart, Ben Laurie, Camilla von Massenbach and David Mayall.,
    Repository: Ancestry.com,
    Citation Text: Record for Austin Dowling
    England & Wales, FreeBMD Marriage Index, 1837-1915 - Alfred Stanley Dowling
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    Source Combined Fields: General Register Office. ;England and Wales Civil Registration Indexes ;. London, England: General Register Office.

    ;© Crown copyright. Published by permission of the Controller of HMSO and the Office for National Statistics. You must not copy on, transfer, or reproduce records without the prior permission of ONS. Indexes created by the General Register Office, in London, England.

    ;
    Repository: Ancestry.com,
    Citation Text: Record for William R E Dowling
    Birth-Dowling-Raymond-F-1984-2005-ENG-Index.jpg

Austin Dowling1,2,3

M, #15663, b. 29 September 1888, d. September 1974

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Family

Family: Frances A Fellows (d. DECEASED)

BIOGRAPHY

Vital Facts

  • Birth: Austin Dowling was born on 29 September 1888 in Wells, Somerset, England, Volume 5c Page: 489.2,3
  • Marriage: He and Frances A Fellows were married between October and December 1912 in Bath, Somerset, England, Volume 5c Page: 1257.1
  • Death: He died in September 1974, at age ~86, in Swindon, Wiltshire, England, Age: 86. Index: Volume 23 Page: 1917.3

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  • Reference Number: Austin Dowling had reference number 15663.

Citations

  1. [S971] SOURCE: (Full): FreeBMD,
    Source Combined Fields: General Register Office. ;England and Wales Civil Registration Indexes ;. London, England: General Register Office. © Crown copyright. Published by permission of the Controller of HMSO and the Office for National Statistics. You must not copy on, transfer or reproduce records without the prior permission of ONS. Database Copyright © 1998-2003 Graham Hart, Ben Laurie, Camilla von Massenbach and David Mayall.,
    Repository: Ancestry.com,
    Citation Text: Record for Austin Dowling
    England & Wales, FreeBMD Marriage Index, 1837-1915 - Alfred Stanley Dowling
  2. [S970] SOURCE: (Full): FreeBMD,
    Source Combined Fields: General Register Office. ;England and Wales Civil Registration Indexes ;. London, England: General Register Office. © Crown copyright. Published by permission of the Controller of HMSO and the Office for National Statistics. You must not copy on, transfer or reproduce records without the prior permission of ONS. Database Copyright © 1998-2003 Graham Hart, Ben Laurie, Camilla von Massenbach and David Mayall.,
    Repository: Ancestry.com,
    Citation Text: Record for Austin Dowling
    Birth-Dowling-Arthur-Stanley-1888-ENG-Index.jpg
    England & Wales, Civil Registration Birth Index, 1837(1978)
  3. [S954] SOURCE: (Full): Ancestry.com,
    Source Combined Fields: General Register Office. ;England and Wales Civil Registration Indexes ;. London, England: General Register Office. © Crown copyright. Published by permission of the Controller of HMSO and the Office for National Statistics. You must not copy on, transfer or reproduce records without the prior permission of ONS. Indexes created by the General Register Office, in London, England.,
    Repository: Ancestry.com,
    Citation Text: Record for Austin Dowling
    England & Wales, Death Index, 1916-2007 - Austin Dowling

Frances E Dowling

F, #15664, b. between October and December 1913, d. DECEASED

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Vital Facts

  • Birth: Frances E Dowling was born between October and December 1913 in Swindon, Wiltshire, England, Volume 5a Page: 67.
  • Death: She died DECEASED.

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  • Reference Number: Frances E Dowling had reference number 15664.

Gladys M Dowling

F, #15665, b. between April and June 1915, d. DECEASED

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Vital Facts

  • Birth: Gladys M Dowling was born between April and June 1915 in Swindon, Wiltshire, England, Volume 5a Page: 61.
  • Death: She died DECEASED.

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  • Reference Number: Gladys M Dowling had reference number 15665.

Doris K Dowling

F, #15666, b. between January and March 1917, d. DECEASED

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Pedigree Link

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Vital Facts

  • Birth: Doris K Dowling was born between January and March 1917 in Swindon, Wiltshire, England, Volume 5a Page: 23.
  • Death: She died DECEASED.

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  • Reference Number: Doris K Dowling had reference number 15666.

William Henry Hippisley? Dowling

M, #15669, d. DECEASED
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Family

Family: Elizabeth ? Hurley (d. DECEASED)

BIOGRAPHY

Vital Facts

  • Death: William Henry Hippisley? Dowling died DECEASED.

Other Facts

  • Reference Number: William Henry Hippisley? Dowling had reference number 15669.

Elizabeth ? Hurley

F, #15670, d. DECEASED
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Family

Family: William Henry Hippisley? Dowling (d. DECEASED)

BIOGRAPHY

Vital Facts

  • Death: Elizabeth ? Hurley died DECEASED.

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  • Reference Number: Elizabeth ? Hurley had reference number 15670.

Frank Brian Dowling1

M, #15671, b. 14 June 1926, d. 31 December 2013

Parents

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Family

Family: Mary Eilleen Bennett (d. before December 2013)

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  • Dowling
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Person Exhibits

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BIOGRAPHY

Vital Facts

  • Birth: Frank Brian Dowling was born on 14 June 1926 in Bromley, Kent, England, Jul-Sep 1926. Index: Volume 2a Page: 924.1,2
  • Marriage: He and Mary Eilleen Bennett were married between January and March 1951 in Hendon, Barnet, London, England, Volume 5e Page: 1247.1,3
  • Death: He died on 31 December 2013, at age 87.1

Other Facts

  • Name: Frank Brian Dowling was also known as Brian Dowling.1
  • Name: He was also known as Frank B Dowling.3,4,2
  • Reference Number: He had reference number 15671.
  • Education: He was educated in Tonbridge, Kent, England, in 1936.1
  • Education: He was educated in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, before 1939 Scholarship to Christ's College.1
  • Military: Royal Air Force as Cadet Pilot.1
  • Military: Personnel Selection.1
  • Education: He was educated in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, in 1946 First degree in the Classics, third in Moral Sciences.1
  • Occupation: He was a Journalist between 1949 and 1957.1
  • Occupation: He was a Staff Reporter on the Picture Post in London, England, between 1949 and 1957.1
  • Occupation: He was a Publicist with Rank Organisation in 1957.1
  • Residence: He resided in Beckenham, Kent, England, in 1965 The Heights, Foxgrove Road.4

Narrative

Brian Dowling - obituary - The Telegraph Sunday 2nd January 2014

Brian Dowling was a journalist and publicist who liked to sport a monocle and roistered with Bogarde and Peter Finch
7:21PM GMT 24 Jan 2014

Brian Dowling, who has died aged 87, was a monocled roisterer and journalist who worked alongside Picture Post photographer Bert Hardy.
While Hardy captured many evocative images of 1950s Britain, Dowling chose the subjects, arranged poses and researched locations. And it was Dowling who, with his eye for pretty girls, arranged Hardy’s celebrated “Blackpool Belles” photograph. Later Dowling became a publicist with the Rank Organisation and a pioneering public relations man in the City, known as much for his wry conviviality as for any strict devotion to commerce.
Frank Brian Dowling was born on June 14 1926 at Bromley, Kent. His father, also Frank, was an originator of newspaper cartoon strips who edited the monthly humour magazine Lilliput and later had a brief stint running Picture Post.

Dowling the younger, who had started teaching himself Greek at the age of nine, was educated at Tonbridge and won a scholarship to Christ’s College, Cambridge. He joined the RAF as a Cambridge cadet pilot in 1944, showing aptitude for flying his Tiger Moth upside down.
Being held in place only by a couple of shoulder straps lent “an added frisson to inverted formation flying”. Posted to a camp in Torquay, the cadets befriended Devonian girls, or as Dowling put it, “there was evidence that the groundsheet, a bulky item in the kit we had to carry, had its uses”.

At the end of war in Europe, Dowling remustered to personnel selection and found himself at Sallufa in Egypt’s Suez Canal Zone. It was there that, for the only time in his RAF career, he scented a whiff of cordite - on a crocodile shoot during which he and his unit expended hundreds of rounds. Not one crocodile was punctured.
Dowling returned to university, but was rusticated from Christ’s for declaiming Aeschylus from the clock tower at two in the morning. He had achieved a First in Classics in the initial part of his Tripos but left Cambridge with a Third in Moral Sciences. There were, he declared, “only two degrees worth having - an effortless First and an effortless Third, and I got ’em both”.
His first job, acquired through nepotism, was as a staff reporter on Picture Post, the mass circulation photojournalism magazine which employed writers such as MacDonald Hastings, Fyfe Robertson and JB Priestley. Office minnow Dowling was assigned to animal stories. When a baby elephant visited the library of the Royal Geographical Society, Dowling’s headline and caption ran: “Dumbo meets the Fellows - a day one elephant will never forget”. His superiors were rather impressed.

The first duty of a Picture Post writer was to support his photographer, and Dowling became the “blunt nib” of Bert Hardy. The camera maestro warmed to his raffish young colleague, and the two covered the port harvest in the Douro, ship launches in Liverpool, the night scenes of Paris’s red-light area Pigalle, and the streets around Piccadilly in fogbound London. That essay caught an essence of post-war London and won Hardy the Encyclopaedia Britannica prize in 1953. Dowling’s substantial contribution to the project went unheralded.
Dowling left Fleet Street in 1957 to write a television documentary series, The Way We Live, for a subsidiary of the Rank Organisation. His arrival coincided with an assertion, from Rank’s domineering chairman John Davis, that television was the enemy and that documentaries were a waste of money. This did not stop Rank two years later buying a stake in Southern Television and starting a documentary series called Look at Life.
Dowling’s sardonic manner niggled Davis, as did his habit of always wearing a carnation buttonhole (a habit Davis liked to consider his own). Dowling’s sartorial flair - occasional tweeds, brass-buttoned waistcoats, a pipe and even a monocle - made the cigar-chewing Davis twitch with irritation. Dowling found an ally in Theo Cowan, Rank’s chief publicist and creator of the Rank charm school. Cowan gave Dowling a job in publicity, where among other things he organised Pinewood Studios’ 25th birthday party. He became a drinking buddy of Rank stars such as Dirk Bogarde, Donald Sinden, Peter Finch and Stanley Baker - but Cowan, perhaps advisedly, kept Dowling away from Rank’s starlets.
Within two years Dowling was head of Rank’s public and press relations. But there were no tall poppies in the Rank Group’s London headquarters - Davis would hack them down before they could become a threat. By 1963 the chairman was sending Dowling memos typed in capital letters to express his extreme disagreement on certain matters. At a monthly meeting of executives, Davis barked: “The trouble with you, Dowling, is you’re too much of a gentleman.” He followed this the next day by remarking: “Your time is short.”
When Davis complained about Dowling smoking his “infernal” pipe at a divisional board meeting, his target responded by attending the next such meeting with a lit Monte Cristo No 5 - the very type of Havana that Davis smoked. Aware that his Rank career was near its demise, Dowling resigned. Davis was enraged: he liked to sack people.
Dowling set up on his own, becoming one of the first City corporate relations consultants. His clients included Kleinwort Benson (which he advised for 30 years), Scandinavian Bank and the Banque Nationale de Paris. Friends were never convinced that he was a capitalist. Dowling was certainly appalled (yet fascinated) when, standing at the bar of the Garrick club one evening in 1969, he fell into conversation with Judge Melford Stevenson. Dowling inquired: “Had a good day?” Stevenson, who had just sentenced the Kray brothers, took a drag on his gin and mixed and replied: “I’ll say so. Those bastards only spoke two words of truth in the whole trial. One was that their defending counsel was a slob. The other was that I was totally biased against them.”
Dowling never wore a wristwatch and never drove a car, though for some years after leaving the RAF he continued to fly Tiger Moths as a reservist. He wore a black or brown Coke hat to town and a Panama in benign weather. In middle age he turned from croquet to real tennis, playing at Lord’s with his Savile club friend Sir Ralph Richardson. His preferred breakfast tipple, after a night on the toot, was a half bottle of champagne.
On a trip to Australia he once spent the morning flying over Sydney harbour in a Tiger Moth, took an afternoon sail in a Hobart racer and spent the evening watching The Marriage of Figaro at the Opera House - all, he was happy to say, at clients’ expense. Though his career had been closely linked with advertising, he grew to hate its consumerist ethos, to the point that he refused to watch commercial television. Well into his 80s, while riding on his tricycle, he was run over by a bus. His words of fury at the bus driver were said to have left some of the female passengers in a state of advanced shock.
Dowling served on the council of Counsel and Care for the Elderly for more than 30 years, also acting as the charity’s deputy chairman and chairman.
He married his wife Eileen, a former searchlight operator in the London Blitz, in 1951. She predeceased him, and he is survived by their three children.
Brian Dowling, born June 14 1926, died December 31 2013.

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    Citation Text: Record for Frank B Dowling
    England & Wales, Birth Index, 1916-2005 - Frank Brian Dowling
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    Citation Text: Record for Frank B Dowling
    England & Wales, Marriage Index, 1916-2005 - Frank Brian Dowling
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    Citation Text: Record for Frank B Dowling
    London, England, Electoral Registers, 1832-1965 - Frank Brian Dowling

Frank Dowling1

M, #15672, d. DECEASED
Pedigree Link

Family

Family: Kathleen M Malpas (d. DECEASED)

BIOGRAPHY

Vital Facts

  • Marriage: Frank Dowling and Kathleen M Malpas were married between April and June 1925 in St Giles, London, England, Volume 1b Page: 1019.
  • Death: He died DECEASED.

Other Facts

  • Occupation: Frank Dowling was an Editor of monthly humour magazine Lilliput.1
  • Reference Number: He had reference number 15672.
  • Occupation: He was a Publisher of Picture Post.1
  • Occupation: He was an Originator of newspaper cartoon strips.1

Citations

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    Source Combined Fields: The Sunday Telegraph. England, London. Online archive. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/10595791/Brian-Dowling-obituary.html : 2014.,
    Citation Detail: Obituary

Mary Eilleen Bennett1,2

F, #15673, d. before December 2013
Pedigree Link

Family

Family: Frank Brian Dowling (b. 14 June 1926, d. 31 December 2013)

  • Dowling
  • Dowling
  • Dowling

BIOGRAPHY

Vital Facts

  • Marriage: Mary Eilleen Bennett and Frank Brian Dowling were married between January and March 1951 in Hendon, Barnet, London, England, Volume 5e Page: 1247.1,2
  • Death: She died before December 2013.1

Other Facts

  • Name: Mary Eilleen Bennett was also known as Eileen Dowling.
  • Reference Number: She had reference number 15673.
  • Occupation: She was a searchlight operator in the London Blitz between 1939 and 1945.1

Citations

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    Source Combined Fields: The Sunday Telegraph. England, London. Online archive. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/10595791/Brian-Dowling-obituary.html : 2014.,
    Citation Detail: Obituary
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    Citation Text: Record for Frank B Dowling
    England & Wales, Marriage Index, 1916-2005 - Frank Brian Dowling
    England & Wales, Marriage Index, 1916-2005 - Frank Brian Dowling