Second Lieutenant G. Cowie RFC

Photograph of Second Lieutenant G. Cowie RFC

Second Lieutenant G. Cowie RFC

George Cowie was the only son of Captain and Mrs Sylvia Margaret Cowie of Dullanbrae, Dufftown, Banffshire in Scotland.

He was educated at Alton Burn, Nairn, in Brussels and at Rugby (Schoolhouse) entering in 1912 and leaving at the end of 1916.

He received his commission in May 1917, and went to France on October 11th to join the 54th squadron R.F.C.  Less than a fortnight later on 22nd October, during an engagement with a large enemy formation, he fell from a great height as a result of a collision with 2/Lt Percy Goodbehere also of 54th squadron R.F.C.

Both of the Sopwith Pups were claimed by Max Muller as his 30th and 31st victims.

Medal group and memorial plaque

At first he was reported "Missing," it was afterwards ascertained that he was killed near Roulers, in Belgium on 22nd October 1917, he was 18 years old.

His Squadron Commander wrote: "He is a great loss to us in every way, as he was shaping up very well as a War Pilot."

He is remembered with honour at Tyne Cot Cemetery, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

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