Friday 26 November 2010

Private Thomas John McGowan

Born on 20 November 1892 in Renfrew, Ontario - son of Mrs. Marilda McGowan, Renfrew, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as teamster; single; no current or previous military service; Presbyterian; height of 5 feet 6 inches; chest of 34.5 inches fully expanded; ruddy complexion; blue eyes; brown hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Kingston, Ontario, on 17 May 1915 (number 410553) - served with the 38th Battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - wounded on 28 October 1916 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 11 November 1916 - accidentally injured and invalided to England on 21 May 1917 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 11 November 1917 - killed in action on 29 September 1918 - buried in Bourlon Wood Cemetery (grave II.B.2), France.

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (, online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, "Debt of Honour" register,

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