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Assynt War Memorial, Lochinver, Sutherland (T)
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Adam Brown
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 25, 2015 10:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This man has been bothering me for some time. Nearly ten years now. I think I have finally got to the bottom of who he was.

Adam Brown wrote:


1914-1918

BOWER , Robert , Lieutenant , Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders



The Glasgow Evening Times Roll of Honour has two entries for what I think is the same man in 1915 and again in 1918

Bower D. R. Dalmuir Corporal Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, 9th Bn 02-Jun-15 Page 2 Wounded
Bower D. R. Glasgow 2nd Lieutenant Cameron Highlanders 09-Oct-18 Page 8. Killed in action in Palestine (This entry has a photo)

Here is his CWGC entry. Just to confuse matters further he was attached to the Seaforth Highlanders when he died

BOWER, DONALD ROBERT
Rank: Second Lieutenant
Date of Death: 20/09/1918
Age: 24
Regiment/Service: Cameron Highlanders attd. 1st Bn. Seaforth Highlanders
Grave Reference: R. 41.
Cemetery: RAMLEH WAR CEMETERY
Additional Information:Son of Scott and Christina McDonald Bower, of Glasgow.

I don't know what his contact with Assynt was but we often see former units listed on war memorials. This will need some further investigation but I think this is the man. I haven't been able to find other suitable candidates to date.

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Adam Brown
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 25, 2015 11:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Further to the Robert Bower name.

A TNA medal index card confirms the lieutenant who died in 1918 was formerly in the Argylls:

First name(s) Donald Robert
Last name Bower

Service record Soldier Number: 1696, Rank: Corporal, Corps: Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
Service record 2 Soldier Number: 325125, Rank: Corporal, Corps: Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
Service record 3 Rank: Second Lieutenant, Corps: Cameroonians [SIC] Attached 1st Seaforth Highlanders
Archive reference WO372/3
Archive reference description Campaign Medal Index Cards and Silver War Badge Cards

I've also found a 1901 census record which lists a Donald Robert Bower, who was born in Glasgow in 1894, staying with his MacDonald grandparents in Strathoykel, Ross & Cromarty. The date of birth, age of death and mother's maiden name tie in with the same man who died in Palestine in 1918.

Strathoykel is in Kincardine parish, Ross & Cromarty but borders Assynt, Sutherland. His grandparents may have moved to the Glencanisp Estate between 1901 and 1918? This would explain the Assynt connection.

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