Alexander Cowie

First Name: 
Alexander
Last Name: 
Cowie
Alternate Spelling: 
Alec, Alick
Mother's Name: 
Jane Cowie
Father's Name: 
John "Jock" Cowie
Date Enlisted: 
Thursday, May 25, 1916
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Corporal
Unit: 
20th Battalion
Company: 
15th Reinforcements
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Monday, October 22, 1951
Place of Death: 
Thirroul
Details: 

Alexander Cowie (Service No 5561), also known as Alec or Alick was born in Joadja Creek, NSW, c.1891. His parents resided at Russell St, Balgownie. Alec was employed as a fireman with Government Railway prior to the war. He enlisted on 25 May 1916 and was followed by his brother David Cowie not long after. Alec trained at Liverpool camp before embarking on HMAT Euripides A14 on 9 September 1916.

According to the National Australian Archives, Alec was appointed to Lance Corporal on 5 July 1918 and was promoted to Corporal on 12 October 1918.

He returned to Australia 4 July 1919 and was successively awarded the British War and Victory medals. His discharge forms state that he wished to reside at the family home, Russell St, Balgownie. His name is listed on the Balgownie War Memorial as well as his younger brother, David Cowie.

Alexander Cowie died on 22 October 1951. His obituary in the Illawarra Daily Mercury states that he:

“…died suddenly at his residence Lookout Street, Thirroul… Aged 61, he was employed by the Railway Department. He was an engine driver for some years, but in more recent years had been engaged in instructional and office work.

He was a staunch member of the Thirroul Presbyterian Church, and was a Past Master of Lodge Thirroul (Masonic Order). A returned soldier from World War 1, he is survived by his widow, a son, Bruce, and a daughter, Meg (Mrs. A. Chapman, Termora). The funeral will leave the Thirroul Presbyterian Church on Wednesday morning for the Woronora Cermatorium.”

The Sydney Morning Herald states:

“Cowie, Alexander – October 22 1951, at his residence. 11 Lookout Street, Thirroul, beloved husband of Pearl and dear father of Margaret (Mrs. Chapman) and Alexander Bruce, ages 61 years.”

Alexander is commemorated on the Balgownie Presbyterian Church Honour Roll and the Balgownie War Memorial.

 

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, COWIE A

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Black and white portrait of family

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