1. Memorial:Azmak CemeteryI. H. 1. Suvla
2. Book:The (1921) Masonic Roll of Honour 1914-1918Pg.123
3. Memorial:The (1940) Scroll - WW1 Roll of Honour53B GQS

Awards & Titles:


also member of AEDILE LODGE 3281. Noted as John Grieve Gowan under listing for Aedile Lodge No. 3281.

Family :

Brother of Mr. J. W. Gowan, of 4, Jacktrees Cottages, Cleator Moor, Cumberland.

Service Life:


Unit / Ship / Est.: 4th Battalion The Essex Regiment 

1/4th Battalion August 1914 : in Brentwood. Part of Essex Brigade in East Anglian Division. Moved to Norwich in late 1914 and on to Colchester in April 1915. May 1915 : formation became 161st Brigade in 54th (East Anglian) Division. Moved late in the month to St Albans. 21 July 1915 : sailed from Devonport for Gallipoli, going via Lemnos. Landed at Suvla bay 12 August 1915. 4 December 1915 : evacuated from Gallipoli and moved to Mudros, going on to Alexandria 17 December 1915. Remained in Egypt/Palestine theatre thereafter.

Action : Gallipoli 

The Gallipoli Campaign was fought on the Gallipoli peninsula 25th April 1915 to 9th January 1916. in a failed attempt to defeat Turkey by seizing the Dardanelles and capturing Istanbul. Ill-conceived and planned, the initial effort by the Royal Navy failed to force passage through the Dardanelles by sea power alone. It was then realised that a land force was needed to support the project by suppressing the Turkish mobile artillery batteries. By the time all was ready the Turks were well aware and well prepared. Despite amazing heroics on the day of the landings only minor beachheads were achieved and over the succeeding 8 months little progress was made. Eventually the beachheads were evacuated in a series of successful ruses.

Despite Gallipoli rightly becoming a national source of pride to Australians and New Zealanders, far more British casualties were sustained, and these days the substantial French contribution is almost forgotten.

Masonic :

TypeLodge Name and No.Province/District :
Mother : Stirling No. 1989 E.C.Cumberland & Westmoreland
Joined : Lakeland No. 3134 E.C. London
Joined : Aedile No. 3281 E.C. London

25th February 1903
25th March 1903
29th April 1903

Initiated into Stirling Lodge No. 1989 in 1903. Petitioning and founder member of The Lakeland Lodge No. 3134 1st November 1905. Also a member of AEDILE LODGE 3281, joining that Lodge in 1907. Past Master.

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