This is Dundee's story of those that served in the First World War, and of the people left at home
- Date of enlistment:
- Place of enlistment: Dundee
- Service no: 3435
- Rank: Private
- Service Occupation:
- Regiment/Service: Black Watch
- Unit/Ship: 1st/4th Battalion
- Place of Death: France
- Age at Death: 21
- Date of Death: 07/06/1915
- Burial Country: France
- Cemetery: Merville Communal Cemetery
- Grave/Mem Ref no: III. J. 5.
- Date of Birth:
- Place of Birth: Dundee
- Address: 2 St Davids Lane, Dundee
- Occupation: Tenter, Tay Works, Dundee
Barbara Mowat, 2 St Davids Lane, Dundee
William Mowat, 2 St Davids Lane, Dundee
More about Frank Mowat
Frank was the brother of Pte Stewart Mowat, 2508, 2nd Battalion Black Watch, who was killed in action, 21.01.1916.
Frank Mowat 3435 Black Watch
PRIVATE WHO IS SHOT THROUGH HEAD
DIES IN HOSPITAL WITHOUT REGAINING CONSCIOUSNESS.
Private Frank Mowat, of the 4th Black Watch, is another of Dundee’s brave soldiers to make the supreme sacrifice for their country.
The news of Private Mowat’s death was received by his parents, who reside at 2 St David’s Lane, Dundee. In a letter from one of the chaplains at the front, who, writing from a clearing station under date 7th inst., states :–“I am sorry to have to send you bad news. Your son Frank, of the 4th Royal Highlanders was shot through the side of the head yesterday morning, and, although he was operated upon as soon as possible after his arrival here, I regret to say that he never regained consciousness, and died about seven o’clock last night. He was buried this morning in a quiet cemetery, side by side with comrades who, like himself made the supreme sacrifice during this dreadful war. A cross marks the his grave, bearing a plate upon which is inscribed his name, number, regiment, and date of death. Again, let me say how sorry I am to have to send you this bad news. I trust you will find some consolation in the thought that he died for his country’s honour at the point of duty.”
Private Mowat was 21 years of age, and he joined the Territorials shortly after the outbreak of hostilities, having been formerly employed as a tenter in Tay Works. He was transferred to the machine gun section of the battalion after the great battle on 9th May.
Dundee Courier 14th June 1915
Additional information kindly supplied by Michael Caldwell
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