Jack Wombwell Bostock

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Jack Wombwell Bostock
Profession circus director
Personal details
Born 1889-02-22 Colinton, Edinburgh in United Kingdom
Dead 1920-12-21 Cannock in United Kingdom
Country United Kingdom

Work locations
Title director -
Location at Bostock & Wombwells Menagerie (Wombwell No.2 menagerie) in United Kingdom

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Biography details

John Reginald Bostock , circus director in United Kingdom

Born 1889-02-22 in United Kingdom dead 1920-12-21 in United Kingdom , son of director Edward Bostock .

John Reginald Wombwell Bostock (1889 - 1920). Died 21/12/1920 from injuries received in a motor accident in Cannock, Staffs.

1915-06-26: The marriage took place on Thursday last at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Glasgow, of Mr. John R. W. Bostock, youngest son of Mr. E. H. Bostock, to Miss Jennie Bonnar of Ottowa, Canada and formerly of Paisley. Mr. Gus Bostock acted as best man. The bridegroom has for some time been manager of his father’s touring menagerie.

1917-02: My youngest son Jack, John Reginald Wombwell Bostock, has now joined the Army, leaving the menagerie.

Educated at the Dollar Academy, Perthshire.
He was a champion cyclist and roller skater.
After working for some time in his father's businesses he was commissioned in the R.A.S.C. in motor transport in World war I.
On his release from the army in March 1919 his father presented Bostock & Wombwell's Menagerie to him. He managed it with success until he received fatal injuries in a car crash. JKBL

Known as Jack (from his father's book 'Menageries, Circuses and Theatres').


Siblings through the father Edward Bostock (1858-?):

  1. Alexander Bostock
  2. Arthur Bostock
  3. Edward Bostock

Jack Wombwell Bostock s ancestral Ahnentafel:


Jack Wombwell Bostock
Born: 1889-02-22

Edward Bostock

Born: 1858

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James Bostock

Born: 1814-04-20
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Emma Wombwell

Born: 1835
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William Wombwell
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Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2023). director John Reginald Bostock in United Kingdom. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 30 November 2023 at https://www.elephant.se/person.php?id=1490. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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Categories director | circus | Bostock & Wombwells Menagerie (Wombwell No.2 menagerie) | Bostock family | Born 1889 | Dead 1920 | People from United Kingdom

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