Cowie, John Winchester
Regiment: Hawke Battalion, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
Biography: Son of George Cowie, fisherman ; born Buckie, 5 July 1891 ; Arts student, 1911-13, thereafter clerk with Messrs. Murray & Cowie, fish salesmen, Buckie. Cowie was in doubt as to his future career, the call for service came, he recognized that this was his work, and volunteered at once. Enlisting in the Hawke Battalion Royal Naval Division, 8 October 1914, he served at Gallipoli until our forces were withdrawn, then proceeded with his Battalion to France, took part in the great charge at Beaucourt in November 1916, when he was slightly wounded, and was killed in action at Beaumont Hamel, 22 January 1917. One who knew him well writes : ''He volunteered at once and in that and in his service acted with cheerful alacrity and unselfish courage''.
Date of Death: 22 January 1917
Burial Details: Name recorded on the Thiepval Memorial, Pier and Face 1 A.
Publication: Roll of Service, edited by Mabel Desborough Allardyce. Published 1921.
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