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Cowie, Graham Robertson

Captain Graham Robertson Cowie, South African Medical Corps died in a casualty clearing station on September 3rd of wounds received the previous day, aged 27. He was the elder son of John Cowie, late of Johannesburg, and was educated at Loretto School and at University College, Oxford, where he graduated B.A. in natural science in 1913. During his time at Oxford, Cowie was awarded the Welsh Memorial Prize in 1911 for his production of accurate and detailed human anatomical drawings. He had been a member of King Edward's Horse and rejoined that corps on August 8th, 1914. On December 24th, 1914 he was gazetted second lieutenant in the Royal Field Artillery, and went to France in May, 1915, and served in the battle of Loos, when he was mentioned in despatches. In June, 1916, he returned to England to complete his medical course at Middlesex Hospital, and in 1917 graduated M.B.[sic] and B.Ch.Oxon., also taking the diplomas of M.R.C.S. and L.R.C.P.Lond. He was then gazetted to the South African Medical Corps, and last November returned to France, where he served first with a South African general hospital, and then as medical officer to a brigade of South African Royal Garrison Artillery. British Medical Journal 28 Sep 1918


First name(s)Graham Robertson
Date of birthFebruary 1891
Family detailsSon of John and Elizabeth J. Cowie. Native of Durban, Natal, South Africa.
Previous educationLoretto School 1905-1909; University College, Oxford;
CollegeKing's College London and/or King's College London Hospital
QualificationsB.M., B. Ch. (Oxon.), M.R.C.S., L.R.C.P. Lond.(1917)
Military unitSouth African Medical Corps, Royal Garrison Artillery attd 50th Brigade
Date enlisted8 August 1914
War / conflictWorld War One (1914-1918)
Citation(s)Mentioned in Despatches
Date of death3 September 1918
Age at death27
Rank at deathCaptain
Cause of deathDied of wounds
Burial placeLigny-St. Flochel British Cemetery, Averdoingt, Pas de Calais, France
Commemoration(s)King's College Chapel; Loretto Roll of Honour; University College Chapel, Oxford
SourcesKing's College London Archives; Commonwealth War Graves Commission; British Medical Journal; The Education Outlook, volume 64, 1911

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