James Gow

Military Information

  • Date of enlistment:
  • Place of enlistment: Dundee
  • Service no: 200556
  • Rank: Private
  • Service Occupation:
  • Awards:
  • Regiment/Service: Black Watch
  • Unit/Ship: 4th/5th Battalion
  • Place of Death: Belgium
  • Age at Death: 33
  • Date of Death: 27/08/1917
  • Burial Country: Belgium
  • Cemetery: Klein-Vierstraat British Cemetery
  • Grave/Mem Ref no: III. B. 12.

Personal Information

  • Date of Birth: 24.05.1884
  • Place of Birth: Dundee
  • Address: 16 Heans Lane, Dundee
  • Occupation: Cattleman, Mains of Balgay
  • Mother:

    Jessie Ann Gow nee Slorach

  • Father:

    Robert Gow

  • Siblings:

    William Cuthbert Gow, 1886-1965 & George Gorrie Gow, 1890-1927

  • Spouse:

    Mary Gow (Nee McDonald) 16 Heans Lane, Dundee

  • Children:

    Mary, born 17.02.1913, Isabella, born 06.02.1915, & Janet, born 29.06.1916

More about James Gow

James 2 brothers both served and survived the Great War. His friend Frederick Nichol Maude S/12584, in the 2nd photo was born in Oldham, Lanchshire and died 26.09.1916 aged 25. He is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial, Pier & Face 10a.

James Gow   200556   Black Watch


Official intimation has been received by Mrs James Gow, 16 Hean’s Lane, Dundee, that her husband, Private James Gow, Black Watch, was killed by a shell explosion on August 27.

Private Gow, who was 33 years of age, joined the transport section of the Black Watch on the outbreak of hostilities, and had been at the front for two-and-a-half years.

Previous to enlistment he was engaged as a cattleman with Mr Alexander M’Donald, farmer, Mains of Balgay, for eleven years.  He leaves a widow and three children.

Dundee Courier 13th September 1917

Additional information and photo’s kindly supplied by Mike Skelly, further additional information kindly supplied by Michael Caldwell. Additional image courtesy of The 4/5th Battalion Black Watch in the Great War Facebook page.

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