John W. Cowie, Z/1202

The following information has been kindly supplied by Carol Johnstone. Further details may be found at Lives of the First World War
John Winchester Cowie was born on 5th July 1891 in Buckie, Banffshire and was the eldest of Georgina and George Cowie's three sons. He was employed as a fish salesman prior to his military service.

John was enlisted into the Hawke Battalion on 21st October 1914 with his friend Robert Scott and was given the service number Z/1202. He initially remained in training at Blanford when the Division was ordered to Gallipoli and was promoted to the rank of Able Seaman before arriving on the Peninsula in May '15. In August he was diagnosed with an enteric condition and was admitted into hospital before being invalid back to Britain aboard HS Aquitania where he would remain until July the following year.

John rejoined the Division on the Western Front and was transferred to the Nelson Battalion. He was wounded during the Battle of the Ancre by a bullet he received to his jaw and was admitted to hospital at Etaples. He rejoined the Nelson Battalion three weeks later but was Killed in Action on 22nd January 1917 when the Division returned to the Ancre. William Milne helped bury his friend although it would appear that John's grave became lost as his name is recorded on the Thiepval memorial.
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