This memorial plaque honouring Dr. Joseph Henry Cowham is inside Holy trinity Church, Husrtpierpoint, West Sussex. The inscription reads :
In memory of
JOSEPH HENRY COWHAM LLD, FGS.
a pioneer in new methods of education
who died on the 4th day of June 1934 in
his 90th year, this tablet is erected by
his Wife and Family.
Mid Sussex Times - Tuesday 12 June 1934
THE LATE DR. J. H. COWHAM LL.D.
Internment in Hurstpierpoint Cemetery.
With the simplicity which was so dear to him in life, Hurstpierpoint's grand old man, Dr. Joseph Henry Cowham LL.D., of the Byway, Western Road, was laid to rest in Hurst Cemetery on Thursday. Although in his 90th year, the deceased was active and alert. His death was unexpected. It occurred while asleep on 4th June. For 35 years Dr Cowham was Master of Method at The Westminster Training College for Teachers. He was chosen to represent English methods of education at the International Congress of Education held in Chicago in July 1899, and wrote several educational text books which were widely used in training colleges and schools. He was awarded the bronze medal for those books at the World's Colombian Exposition of 1892-3, held in commemoration of the four-hundredth anniversary of the landing of Columbus. His daughter, Hilda Cowham (Mrs. E. Lander), is the well known illustrator of children books. Dr Cowham had lived in Hurstpierpoint for twelve years, and although his age prevented him from taking part in local affairs, his geniality and kindliness made him a general favourite.
The first part of the funeral service was held in the Hurstpierpoint Methodist Church - deceased's place of worship. It was conducted by Dr. H. B. Workman (late Principal of Westminster College) assisted by the Rev. PETER WOODS (Methodist Minister at Hurst). The chief mourners were Mr. H. E. Cowham and Mr. L. S. Cowham (sons), Miss E. Cowham, Mrs E. Lander (Hilda Cowham) and Mrs. W. Hammond (daughters), Mr. William Hammond (son-in-law), Mrs. L.S. Cowham and Mrs. O.W. Cowham (daughters in law). Others present were Mrs. Addley, Mr. J. Davis, Mr. T.F.A. Darvell, Mr.s W. Gander, Mrs. B.B.Hender, Mr. H. King, Sir Arthur Newsome (Brighton), Mrs. Parsons (representing Miss Mason), Mrs. Payne, Mr William U. Rutter (Westminster 1883-4), Mrs. Ripley, Mr. J.S. Ross (Vice-Principle of Westminster College), MR. J.E. Smith, Mr. H. Willoughby Smith (Secretary of The Westminster Club), Miss B. Toombs, Mrs. Voyce Sen., Miss Grace Woodhead (of The Downs School, Brighton), Mr. W.H. Waldron and Mrs. Webb.
The coffin was of unpolished oak and there were no flowers by request. The funeral arrangements were carried out by Mr. F. Davey of High Street, Hurstpierpoint.
The inscription and newspaper report give a good insight into the academic life of this gentleman.
An internet search on "Joseph Henry Cowham" doesn't reveal much - but a similar search on "Joseph Cowham Education" does show some of the titles of the books that he published. His 'post-nominal letters' are LL.D. (Doctor of Law) and F.G.S. ( Fellow of The Geographical Society of London).
Some of his book titles :-
The Principles of Oral Teaching and Mental Training
Cowham's Graphic Lessons in Physical and Astronomical Geography.
First Lessons in Geography, for the use of the Nursery and the Junior Classes in School, improved and corrected to the Year 1880
Cowham's Graphic Lessons in Physical & Astronomical Geography
The principles of oral teaching and mental training : the principles of teaching illustrated by references to familiar school experience also lessons - how to prepare, give, and criticise them together with specimen notes of lessons on all the ordinary subjects 1892.
The principles of oral teaching and mental training : the principles of teaching illustrated by references to familiar school experience also lessons - how to prepare, give, and criticise them together with specimen notes of lessons on all the ordinary subjects of school instruction - all with a view to mental training
They are just some of the book titles which Dr. Cowham wrote.
If he was 90 when he died in 1934 then he would have been born in 1844. I have tried to find his grave but haven't been successful.