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Gowans James

Male 1872 - 1936  (63 years)


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  • Name Gowans James 
    Born 23 Apr 1872  ,Westoe, Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    • Name: GOWANS, James
      Registration District: Help South Shields
      County: Durham
      Year of Registration: 1872
      Quarter of Registration: Apr-May-Jun
      Mother's Maiden Name: Not available before 1911 Q3
      Volume No: Help 10A
      Page No: Help 762
    Gender Male 
    Census 1891  ,Westoe, Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • Age 18 Student
    Occupation 24 Jul 1902  [3, 5
    Major in Durham Royal Artillery 
    Occupation 26 Mar 1907 
    Farmer 
    Died 14 Mar 1936  Rosherville, Johannesburg, Transvaal, South Africa Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 6, 7
    Probate 9 Dec 1940  ,London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Notes 
    • [8]
    • Awarded DSO [9]
    • Wikipedia entry:
      Gowans was born in Westoe, South Shields in 1872 to Dr. William Gowans of Westoe House.[2] Gowans was educated at Harrow before matriculating to Clare College, Cambridge in 1890.[2] Gowans joined the British Army and was posted to the Royal Field Artillery, fighting in South Africa during the Second Boer War, where he reached the rank of major. From March to June 1900 he served in operations around Natal and later around the Zululand Frontier, including the defence of Forts Itala and Prospect.[3] For his actions during the conflict he was mentioned in despatches and also received the Distinguished Service Order, the Queen's South Africa Medal with three clasps and the King's South Africa Medal with two clasps. In 1902 he married Erin Laura Muriel, daughter of William Wheelwright of Durban,[3] and settled in South Africa.

      Gowans served his country again during the First World War, serving as a temporary Lieutenant Colonel in the Royal Field Artillery, and was mentioned in despatches on another two occasions. [10]
    Person ID I5209  Geniaus Family Tree
    Last Modified 15 Jun 2016 

    Father Gowans William,   b. 4 Apr 1846, ,East Linton, Haddingtonshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Nov 1923, ,South Shields, Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Mother Nelson Mary,   b. Abt 1843, ,Durham, Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 28 Jan 1877  (Age ~ 34 years) 
    Married 1871  2 Saville Street, Westoe, Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F1777  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Wheelwright Erin Laura Muriel,   b. 1882,   d. 1933  (Age 51 years) 
    Married 24 Jul 1902  St Augustine's ,Durban,, South Africa Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 5, 11
    Children 
     1. Gowans Lilian Catherine Mary,   b. 1903,   d. 1972  (Age 69 years)
     2. Gowans Dorathy Clare,   b. 1904, ,Hawick, Roxburghshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1996, ,,,South Africa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years)
     3. Gowans Douglas William James,   b. 1906, ,Hawick, Roxburghshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1970  (Age 64 years)
     4. Living
     5. Gowans Jean Lawrie,   b. 26 Mar 1907, Kirkton House, Kirkton, Roxburghshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1988  (Age 80 years)
     6. Gowans Kathleen Margaret,   b. 1911, ,Johannesburg,, South Africa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1991, ,,,South Africa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
     7. Gowans James,   b. 7 Jul 1918, ,,,South Africa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2000, ,,,South Africa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
    Last Modified 24 Aug 2015 
    Family ID F1926  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 23 Apr 1872 - ,Westoe, Durham, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1891 - ,Westoe, Durham, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 14 Mar 1936 - Rosherville, Johannesburg, Transvaal, South Africa Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsProbate - 9 Dec 1940 - ,London, Middlesex, England Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S13] WWW, http://content.cricinfo.com/england/content/player/13695.html.

    2. [S37] Find my past, BMD Search.

    3. [S141] Gerard Peter Brierley.

    4. [S54] 1891 English Census.

    5. [S11] Familysearch, "South Africa, Natal Province, Civil Marriages, 1845-1955," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KDCL-Y6L : accessed 24 August 2015), James Gowans and Erin Laura Muriel Wheelwright, 24 Jul 1902; citing Durban, Natal, South Africa; 02966; National Archives and Records Service of South Africa, Pretoria; 1,795,036.

      Name James Gowans
      Event Type Marriage
      Event Date 24 Jul 1902
      Event Place Durban, Natal, South Africa
      Gender Male
      Spouse's Name Erin Laura Muriel Wheelwright
      Spouse's Gender Female
      Spouse's Age 20
      Spouse's Birth Year (Estimated) 1882

    6. [S13] WWW, http://www.cricinfo.com/review2007/content/player/13695.html.

    7. [S48] Ancestry.co.uk, England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations),1861-1941 Record for James Gowans.

    8. [S13] WWW, http://www.angloboerwar.com/DSO/g/gowans_j.htm.
      Gowans James Major GOWANS, JAMES, Major, was born 23 April 1872. He was educated at Harrow (The Knoll), where he was in the School Cricket and Football Elevens; then at Clare College, Cambridge. He was in the Cambridge Rugby Fifteen, 1892-93, and was a Member of the Scotland Rugby Fifteen in 1893-94-95-96. He served in South Africa, 1900-1; in operations in Natal, March to June, 1900; operations on the Zululand Frontier of Natal in September and October 1901, including the defence of Forts Itala and Prospect; operations in Orange River Colony, February to 31 May 1902. He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 29 July 1902]; was awarded the Queen's Medal with three clasps; the King's Medal with two clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 31 October 1902]: "James Gowans, Major, Durham Artillery (Militia). In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". He retired as Captain, Durham Royal Field Reserve Artillery (Major and Honorary Lieutenant Colonel, Reserve of Officers). He married, in 1902, Erin Laura Muriel, daughter of William Wheelright, of Durban, Natal, and they had one son and two daughters.
      Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book) Durham Artillery Volu
      GOWANS, JAMES, Major, was born 23 April 1872. He was educated at Harrow (The Knoll), where he was in the School Cricket and Football Elevens; then at Clare College, Cambridge. He was in the Cambridge Rugby Fifteen, 1892-93, and was a Member of the Scotland Rugby Fifteen in 1893-94-95-96. He served in South Africa, 1900-1; in operations in Natal, March to June, 1900; operations on the Zululand Frontier of Natal in September and October 1901, including the defence of Forts Itala and Prospect; operations in Orange River Colony, February to 31 May 1902. He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 29 July 1902]; was awarded the Queen's Medal with three clasps; the King's Medal with two clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 31 October 1902]: "James Gowans, Major, Durham Artillery (Militia). In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". He retired as Captain, Durham Royal Field Reserve Artillery (Major and Honorary Lieutenant Colonel, Reserve of Officers). He married, in 1902, Erin Laura Muriel, daughter of William Wheelright, of Durban, Natal, and they had one son and two daughters.

    9. [S13] WWW, http://books.google.com/books?id=vzsJAAAAIAAJ&q=gowans+hawick&dq=gowans+hawick&lr=&cd=40.

    10. [S13] WWW, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Gowans_%28rugby_union%29.

    11. [S19] Marriage Certificate.