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Edward Cowan

Rank: Private
Town/Village: Courtright, Ontario
Civil Parish: Templemichael
Catholic Parish: Templemichael
Country: Canada
Alternative Address: Chapel Lane, Longford, 861 Queens Avenue, London, Ontario, later 448 Phillips, London, Ontario, Canada.
Census 1901: Resident at Chapel Lane with his parents and siblings
Census 1911: Resident at Chapel Lane with his wife and children.
Regiment/Unit: 70th Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force / [South Wales Borderers, U.K.]
Regiment Number: 123550
Date of Death:
Cause: Survived the war

Edward was born in Chapel Lane, Longford on the 3rd October 1879*, and was one of a family of approximately 9 children. His father, also called Edward, was a tailor. Edward married Elizabeth Fahy in 1901, and they went on to have 6 children. Sadly Elizabeth passed away in 1912.

Edward emigrated to Canada and enlisted with the Canadian Expeditionary Force in Brigden Ontario in September 1915. Cowan cited his young son James Patrick Cowan as his next-of-kin on his attestment form, and his son Thomas (who was still living in Chapel St.) in his will. The attestment form also noted previous army experience with the South Wales Borderers in South Africa, where he received a gunshot wound to the shoulder. His service with the CEF appears to have been largely uneventful, save for an injury gained when falling in a trench.

Edward was a brother of Pte Frederick Cowan who served with the Leinster Regiment.

Parents Names: Son of Edward and Elizabeth (Lizzie) Cowan, (née Meleady), Chapel Lane, Longford
Notes: *The 1901 census and other data suggests that Edward Cowan may have been born in c.1875 and baptised on the 1st November 1875. Some of Edward's children followed him to Canada, notably James Patrick and Mary Rose, but others, such as Thomas remained on in Longford at least for some years. Edward was a brother of Patrick Cowan, who served with the 1st Battalion of the Leinster Regiment during the Great War.

Link to Canadian army record

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