Duncan Bowie

Service:                Army

Rank:                   L/Corporal

Service No:           WR/331356

Unit:                     Royal Engineers- Transport Branch, Inland Waterways &  Docks


Duncan was born in December 1890 in Plumstead Kent. He was the fith child of John & Margaret Bowie. His Scottish father was an Iron Turner Fitter, his mother was from Warrington, Lancashire. In 1901 the family were living at 9 Rippolson, Road, Plumsted Woolwich, London.

At the 1911 census time Duncan’s father had died and his widowed mother was still living in Plumstead with her daughter, the remaining members of the family had gone their separate ways. 20 year old Duncan had enlisted into 22nd Company Royal Garrison Artillery and he was in Barracks in Sheerness Kent.

On 7th September 1914 Duncan enlisted into the Scots Guards, service number 12138, his former trade recorded as Engine Driver. He left UK from Southampton on 6/4/1916 & arrived in France on 7/4/1916. He joined 2nd battalion in the field on 23 April 1916.

On the 23rd September 1916 he was wounded in action and admitted to field hospital. On the 18th Nov 1916 he was admitted to “ GH France & was finally invalided back to England on 23 November with TB of Lung, admitted to 4th Gen Hospital London on 24.11.16.

On 21st Feb 1918, Duncan enlisted in Bristol to Royal Engineers- regimental number 331356WR.  Duncan’s medical condition was to result in further hospital treatment and on 4th July 1918 at Sandwich Military Hospital he was declared unfit for further service. On 26 July 1918 he was discharged from the army in London when it was stated that his intended place of residence would be 33 Plumbers Hill Bristol, his next of Kin being Mrs Lily Bowie of that address.

For his service Duncan would have been entitled to the British War Medal & Victory Medal. He was granted a Disablement Pension commencing 27 July 1918 but expiring 4 Feb 1919!

There is no record found on CWGC records in respect of this person, probably due to the fact that he did not die whilst in service, it appears however that he did die before the end of 1918 and therefore it was deemed fit that his details be recorded on the local memorial. As yet I have no knowledge of the location of his grave.

Editor’s Note:-

The forgoing details have mainly been compiled using the British Army WW1 pension records for Duncan Bowie. I am not 100% certain that this is the casualty that is recorded as Bowie D. on the Roll of Honour but it is the most likely fit. If you have any further details about this person or indeed any others on the Roll I would be pleased to hear from you. I can be contacted by e mail at doug.crew@icloud.com.





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