Far from the Front

West Calder and the Great War

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J McGowan

Mr Thomas McGowan, Dee Street, West Calder, has received the sad news that his son, Pte Joseph McGowan, of the KOSB, has been killed in action. Pte McGowan had been in France for a considerable time, and previous to enlisting he was employed as a miner with Young's Oil Coy.


Midlothian Advertiser, June 8, 1917


In Memory of




2nd Bn., King's Own Scottish Borderers

who died on

Monday, 21st May 1917. Age 19.


Additional Information: Son of Thomas McGowan, of 33, Tweed St., West Calder, Midlothian.


Commemorative Information


Cemetery:  BOIS-CARRE BRITISH CEMETERY, THELUS, Pas de Calais, France

Grave Reference/Panel Number:  II. A. 18.

Location: Thelus is a village 7 kilometres north of Arras and Bois-Carre British Cemetery is 1 kilometre east of the village on the south side of the D49 road to Bailleul-sire-Berthoult.

Historical Information: Thelus village, which stands on the Vimy Ridge, was captured by the Canadian Corps on the 9th April, 1917, and it remained in British hands until the end of the War.


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