G. R. McDowall
Service no, 59064
Serjeant, Royal Engineers, 69th Field Coy
Born in Lambeth; enlisted in London; lived in Stockwell
Killed in action on 10 May 1916, aged about 43
CWGC: “Brother of Mr H. McDowall, of 33 Nealdon Street, Stockwell, London.”
Remembered at Bully-Grenay Communal Cemetery, British Extension, France
On 4 October 1900 George Robert McDowall, 27, the son of a labourer, married Emma Cecil Giffin, 21, at St. Andrew’s Church. He was a serving serjeant with the 2nd Dragoons. In 1911 Emma is found living at 33 Nealdon Street, Stockwell, with her three children Flora May, 6 (born in Norwich), Robert Andrew, 4 (born in Glasgow), and George Leslie, 1 (born in Lambeth).
Trevor Moore writes:
G. R. McDowall was my great grandfather on my mother’s side. The story of his death and the effects on his young family is tragic, yet I’m sure not uncommon to his generation.
GRM was killed on the front at Grenay, a mining village close to Lens. He left a wife, Emma, and five children: Flora, Robert, Dora, George Leslie (my grandfather) and Roy. Very soon after GRM’s death, Emma also died at the very young age of 37, leaving the children orphans. My grandfather and his younger brother were sent to a local orphanage as a result.
Photos by kind permission of © Trevor Moore.