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Bossier : correspondence and papers.

 Management Group
Reference Code: GBR/0273/BOSSIER

Scope and Contents

For excerpts and a brief account of Bossier see J[onathan] P[hilip] P[arry] in 'Peterhouse: a record, 1986-87', pp. 40-46.


  • 1910 - 1915

Biographical / Historical

Bossier was born on 19 Dec. 1890 at Manchester, son of Hermann Eduard Gustav Ludwig Bossier (deceased at least by the time of his son's admission) [and Annie Auguste Johanna née Liebert]. Educated at the Town Gymnasium, Bonn. Recommended by Direktor Niepmann, Principal. Admitted 24 Mar. 1910 by Reifprüfung: commenced residence, 7 Oct. 1910. B.A. 1913, Medieval and Modern Languages Tripos (English and German), class I, with special distinction in German. June 1913 to July 1914 student at the universities of Bonn and Marburg, intending to proceed to a Ph.D. in Germany. Winter 1914/5 tutor to two boys in Manchester. April to ? 1915 teaching modern languages at the Ecole des Yvelines-en-Brie, par la Haussaye, Seine-et-Marne. From 1916 to c. 1966 with Liebert & Co., in Rochdale. Married 1936. Mayor of Rochdale, 1953-4. D. 1974 (Rochdale Observer, 23 Nov. 1974).

The Sex: No. 41, MT 1910, p. 32 (at Fresher’s concert) p. 41, rowing at bow in C. N. B. Croyden-Burton’s VIII. No. 42, LT 1911, p. 22 (proposed paper on Pinero to the Troglodytes). P. 57 (comments on debaters: B. Is promising, but he talks rather than speaks.) p. 58 (Debate on 28 Jan., B. claimed that without enthusiasm we could have neither Poetry nor Art.) p. 59 (also spoke on 25 Feb.) and, p. 60 (4 Mar.) No. 44, MT 1911, p. 31 (‘Would the sky fall if ... Mr B-ss-r ceased to consider himself the most important personage in the college.) p. 38 (Rowing, in Mr Brown’s boat (heaviest at 11st 2lbs)) p. 46 (argues at The Sex, in a clear and lucid speech, that patriotism is no longer necessary) No. 45, LT 1912, p. 29 (‘Official Intimations’: Mr B-ss- -r studied facial expression under Pelissier.) p. 41 recruited into CUOT C p. 51 (Answers to correspondents: A.G.A.H.B. ‘Your suggestion that a statue of yourself should be inserted in a niche in Gisborne Court is a sound one; but it would not have to be a life-size statue’.) ? Is he The Egoist of pp. 32-3? P. 63 he is one of 2 sub-editors of The Sex. No. 46, ET 1912, p. r (‘Roll of Honour’: A.G.A.H. B-ss- -r and L. V-n V-str—t were several times asked out to lunch by various Dons of the College.) p. 19 (re library fines in conversation with Dawkins). P. 21 (The Poets and the Pressgang: A.G.A.H.B. ‘Of such it may be said that they do not play cards, but only play at playing them.’ Charles Lamb. P. 22 (Why I joined the Corps: A.G.A.H. B-ss- -r ‘ I joined because I wished to add that touch of dignity to my figure, which is only to be obtained by means of an uniform; secondly, I must constantly remind people that I am not a German; and lastly there’s the annual parade.’ p. 40 (People we take off our hats to (if we’re wearing them): B-ss- -r, who swam the Pet in full dress.) p. 45: on the committee of the Troglodytes. No. 47, MT 1912, p. 13 (A Yankee in the Courts of St Peter: “Breezy self-complacency” ... A.G.A.H. B-ss- -r p. 14 D-w: “Yours leg’s not getting along very well.” C-;s-n: “Oh, I think it’s getting on splendidly”. D-w: Well, you walked just like Mr. B-ss- -r now”. P. 16 (dull) p. 47 Still on committee of the Troglodytes pp. 58-61: Mock a/c of disputed election between Bossier and Colman. Heinrich Bossier and the Bosses v. Corker Colman and the Caucuses. No. 48, LT 1913, pp. 9-13. Valedictory.


1 collection

Language of Materials


Former / Other Reference

MS 950

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Received in two batches from J. D. Cowcill and his wife, Ursula, of Warhurst Fold Farm, Woodseats Lane, Charlesworth, Hyde, Cheshire, SK14 6DS, sent on 19 October and 15 November 1986. J. D. Cowcill was the nephew of the late Mrs M. D. Bossier, Alfred’s widow. See the two letters and replies from Peterhouse.


See Philip Pattenden in Peterhouse: a record 1986-87, pp. 40-46 and 1988-9, pp. 32-38 for an account of Bossier, and extracts from this correspondence.

Physical Description



Bossier, Alfred George Alwin Heinrich (1890-1974)

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Repository Details

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