Alfred Gow

Military Information

  • Date of enlistment:
  • Place of enlistment: Dundee
  • Service no: 7933
  • Rank: Private
  • Service Occupation:
  • Awards:
  • Regiment/Service: Highland Light Infantry
  • Unit/Ship: 1st Battalion
  • Place of Death: France
  • Age at Death: 18
  • Date of Death: 21.03.1915
  • Burial Country: France
  • Cemetery: Vielle-Chapelle New Military Cemetery, Lacouture
  • Grave/Mem Ref no: IV.F.4.

Personal Information

  • Date of Birth: 04.02.1897
  • Place of Birth: Dundee
  • Address: 7 Blackness Rd, Dundee
  • Occupation:
  • Mother:

    Robina Mackay, 7 Blackness Rd, Dundee

  • Father:

    James Boylan Gow

  • Siblings:

    Fred & Jemima

  • Spouse:
  • Children:

More about Alfred Gow

Alfred Gow   7933   Highland Light Infantry


Private Alfred Gow, a Dundee member of the Highland Light Infantry, has met his death through the bursting of a shell.  The deceased soldier was only 18 years of age, and had enlisted into the Reserve Battalion of the H.L.I. in April last.  He was sent out to the front about a month ago to take his place in the 1st Battalion, which formed part of the Indian Expeditionary Force.

News of Private Gow’s death was contained in a kindly letter sent to the mother of deceased by Sergeant J. Mitchell, of A Company of the H.L.I.  The Sergeant states that Private Gow was killed through the bursting of a shell on 21st inst., and asks the bereaved mother to accept the deepest sympathy of the whole company in the loss of her son.

Mrs Gow resides at 7 Blackness Road, and another of her sons—Frederick—has also been at the war in the ranks of the 1st Black Watch.  During the period he was in the fighting line he was wounded in the arm by shrapnel.  He had subsequently to be discharged, following an attack of rheumatics, and is again at home.

Dundee Courier 31st March 1915

Information kindly supplied by Mary Margaret Gow, additional information and image kindly supplied by Michael Caldwell

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