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Looking for WW1 Death, Australian Soldier, McGowen.
« on: Friday 30 March 07 20:08 BST (UK) »

This is a bit of a long shot...

but I wonder if someone can help?

I'm looking for a Death Entry for an Australian Soldier who died in WW1, -( towards the end of 1918/beginning of 1919). (I know there was a Spanish Flu outbreak about then).

His Surname was McGowen, but I'm unsure about his Christian name.

His father was James Sinclair Taylor McGowen, (1855 - 1922). McGowen Snr apparantly lost three sons in WW1, - Frank Noel was killed at Gallipolli, but I'm not sure about the other two sons.

Any ideas welcomed.

Many Thanks, Romilly.
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Re: Looking for WW1 Death, Australian Soldier, McGowen.
« Reply #1 on: Friday 30 March 07 21:10 BST (UK) »
 McGOWAN, JAMES
Initials: J
Nationality: Australian
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Australian Infantry, A.I.F.
Unit Text: 52nd Bn.
Age: 39
Date of Death: 05/04/1918
Service No: 6816
Additional information: Son of John and Helen Davidson McGowan; husband of Mary McGowan of The Bungalow, Penshurst St., Penshurst, New South Wales. Born at Kilsyth, Scotland.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Memorial: VILLERS-BRETONNEUX MEMORIAL

McGOWAN, JOSEPH BERNARD
Initials: J B
Nationality: Australian
Rank: Company Sergeant Major
Regiment/Service: Australian Infantry, A.I.F.
Unit Text: 30th Bn.
Age: 38
Date of Death: 24/03/1918
Service No: 473
Awards: D C M
Additional information: Son of John and Emily McGowan; husband of Margaret McGowan, of Ida St., Mayfield, New South Wales. Native of Dubbo, New South Wales.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: III. D. 2.
Cemetery: LA PLUS DOUVE FARM CEMETERY

Name: McGOWAN, THOMAS
Initials: T
Nationality: Australian
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Australian Infantry, A.I.F.
Unit Text: 48th Bn.
Date of Death: 05/04/1918
Service No: 2702
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Memorial: VILLERS-BRETONNEUX MEMORIAL

These are the only 3 on CWGC. Do they have anything familiar on them?
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Gallagher/Galligan -Heywood, Oldham & Ireland
Jackson-Ashton u Lyne & Oldham
White- Stockport & Hyde
Henry-Newry, Saintfield, & Glasgow
Willis, Beattie, Montogomery & Smith - Belfast & Co Antrim
Wade & Vernon - Co. Down
Procter- Brigg, Lincolnshire & Oldham
Conroy - Ireland & Oldham
Man Regt & R A 52nd Anti-Tank Regt WW11
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Re: Looking for WW1 Death, Australian Soldier, McGowen.
« Reply #2 on: Friday 30 March 07 21:13 BST (UK) »
They had no listings for the name McGowen!!
tisgrannie
Gallagher/Galligan -Heywood, Oldham & Ireland
Jackson-Ashton u Lyne & Oldham
White- Stockport & Hyde
Henry-Newry, Saintfield, & Glasgow
Willis, Beattie, Montogomery & Smith - Belfast & Co Antrim
Wade & Vernon - Co. Down
Procter- Brigg, Lincolnshire & Oldham
Conroy - Ireland & Oldham
Man Regt & R A 52nd Anti-Tank Regt WW11
Ebrey-Shropshire

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Re: Looking for WW1 Death, Australian Soldier, McGowen.
« Reply #3 on: Friday 30 March 07 23:51 BST (UK) »
Hi Romilly  :)

Frank's WW1 service record contains (among other things) a letter from presumably a brother, J H MCGOWEN, a licenced surveyor, mentioning that his parents had both recently passed away.  The letter was written June 1922.  So one brother must have survived the war (if indeed he fought in it).  I will keep looking for other MCGOWENs - meantime you might like to look through the records at the NAA for yourself:

www.naa.gov.au
Log into Recordsearch as a Guest
Enter a name and in "Reference numbers" put in B2455 (WW1 AIF files).  They are all digitised  :)

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Re: Looking for WW1 Death, Australian Soldier, McGowen.
« Reply #4 on: Saturday 31 March 07 10:27 BST (UK) »
Hi Prue,

Many thanks for the info, - Much appreciated!!

I will definately check out that site.

Cheers, Romilly.
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Re: Looking for WW1 Death, Australian Soldier, McGowen.
« Reply #5 on: Saturday 31 March 07 10:33 BST (UK) »
Hi Again,

I'm having trouble with the Australian Site, - what I am trying to find out is if any of the McGowen brothers were on leave in the UK during Oct/Nov 1917...

Can anyone see any info about that please?

Cheers, Romilly.

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Re: Looking for WW1 Death, Australian Soldier, McGowen.
« Reply #6 on: Saturday 31 March 07 23:55 BST (UK) »
Hi Romilly,

You would first have to find the service record of the person you want to find out about, by searching Recordsearch as suggested above...then, view the digital image by clicking on the logo.  Go page by page through the digital images and you will find information about the person's movements on a form in the file.  I have copied a bit of Frank Noel MCGOWEN's form so you can see what they look like...Frank never made it to England on leave, looks like he went straight into his unit and stayed there until he was wounded and died in hospital, poor fellow  :'(

Prue

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Re: Looking for WW1 Death, Australian Soldier, McGowen.
« Reply #7 on: Sunday 01 April 07 09:33 BST (UK) »
On the CWGC site there are two Australian MACGOWAN brothers. There are also some British McGowens and, of course, the Australian McGowen you mentioned died 1915.
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Re: Looking for WW1 Death, Australian Soldier, McGowen.
« Reply #8 on: Sunday 01 April 07 10:14 BST (UK) »
Many thanks for the replies, - I will carry on looking.

Cheers, Romilly.
Any census information included in this post is Crown Copyright, from www.nationalarchives.gov.uk
Researching:
Wilson, Warren, Dulston, Hooper, Duffin, Petty, Rees, Davies, Williams, Newman, Dyer, Hamilton, Edmeads, Pattenden.