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Pc S.W. COWAN , MM Pte , Scots Guards - Wick Police Office

 
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 03, 2015 11:53 am    Post subject: Pc S.W. COWAN , MM Pte , Scots Guards - Wick Police Office Reply with quote

I have had a communication from Sharon Morrison , Archive Assistant at the Caithness Archives in Wick that the WICK POLICE OFFICE has a War Memorial to one of their CAITHNESS SHIRE CONSTABULARY Police Constables from the Great War .

The Memorial Plaque is located in the Wick Police Office enquiry area and has :

Force Crest

IN HONOURED MEMORY OF

PC - S.W. COWAN , MM

Pte SCOTS GUARDS

WHO DIED OF WOUNDS IN FRANCE

39th MARCH 1918



( I note from my archive that CAITHNESS -SHIRE CONSTABULARY was formed in 1885 by the merger of Thurso Burgh Police and the Wick Burgh Police and from 1912 to 1952 the chief constable was William K Cormack . The force on 16th May 1969 became part of the Northern Constabulary ).


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 06, 2015 10:43 am    Post subject: Wick Police Office WW1 Reply with quote

Soldiers died in the Gr War lists

GDSMAN 790 SINCLAIR WILLIAMSON COWAN, 4th Bn Guards Machine Gun Regiment , born OLRIG CAITHNESS , ENLISTED WICK CAITHNESS , RESIDENCE THURSO CAITHNESS died of wounds France & Flanders 30th March 1918
formerly 14118 SCOTS GUARDS

CWGC
Pte 790 death 30 March 1918 aged 24 machine gun guards 2nd Coy
awards MILITARY MEDAL

grave P 1X G 12A ST SEVER CEMETERY EXTENSION ,ROUEN

son of WILLIAM AND ISABELLA COWAN, OUST, WESTFIELD , THURSO , CAITHNESS .

SNWM Edinburgh :

COWAN , SINCLAIR WILLIAMSON
GDSM 790

birth OLRIG CAITHNESS
DEATH 30 March 1918 F & F
died of wounds roll : Scottish casualties extracted from English regiments
unit name GUARDS MACHINE GUN REGT

OTHER 4th Bn formerly 14118 Scots Guards .



ARMY MEDAL ROLL :

cowan , Sinclair W Scots Guards Gds MGR rank Pte 14118 and 790

medals awarded :

VICTORY
BRITISH

no other details re date or correspondence etc



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 06, 2015 3:28 pm    Post subject: wick police Reply with quote

The 2014 publication book FOR BRAVERY IN THE FIELD great war british army recipients of the MM 1914-1920 by Peter Warrington and Sinclair Williamson COWAN is listed in its pages for MM


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 06, 2015 3:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pat - his MM
London Gazette Publication date:11 June 1918 Supplement:30743 Page:7007
790 Pte. S. W. Cowan, M.G. Gds. (Thurso).

https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/30743/supplement/7007
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 06, 2015 8:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Soldiers effects on Ancestry has his pension etc going to an Isabella Grantee? Can't read the surname.... Also says he died at 10 Gen Hos France - wherever that may be.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 07, 2015 1:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tanya - the British 10th General Hospital was based in Rouen from October 1914 to May 1919.
There are some fascinating images of Rouen and various medical facilities at
https://www.flickr.com/photos/66782262@N05/sets/72157627411217445/
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 11, 2015 4:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can I ask that until we have a confirmed image of a memorial that we keep threads like this to a minimum please?

We have a section for memorial discussion - http://warmemscot.s4.bizhat.com/viewforum.php?f=178

any discussion of memorials we have not recorded here should go in the thread for each area.

The memorial sections of the forum should only be for memorials we ourselves have recorded and documented. I don't doubt this memorial exists, but we don't have a photo of it, so it should remain in the discussion area for the moment.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 2015 11:05 pm    Post subject: wick police WW1 Reply with quote

I have a photograph that can be added but I don't know how to so if someone wishes to pm me and give me their email address I can email it to them to add and that will be confirmation of the memorial .

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 17, 2015 7:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pat has sent me the photograph of the plaque. I'll get it uploaded as soon as I can and add it to Pat's original post.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 2015 4:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pat's photograph now added to the first post.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 07, 2018 1:32 pm    Post subject: WMR (ex UKNIWM) number Reply with quote

This is now WMR report 75928.

PS the transcription in the first post is incorrect-should read 30th March, not 39th!!

A photograph is on the Northern Constabulary Museum facebook page-
https://www.facebook.com/NorConMuseum/photos/pcb.833583446849944/833556420185980/?type=3&theater
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