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1885 - 1916

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1887 - 1916

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1894 - 1916

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1897 - 1916

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1883 - 1918
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Pte 36883 William Joseph Cowin

  • Age: 19
  • From: Bradden IOM
  • Regiment: The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 20th Btn
  • K.I.A Sunday 22nd October 1916
  • Commemorated at: Thiepval Memorial
    Panel Ref: P&F1D8B &8 C.

William Joseph Cowin was born in 1896 and resided in Douglas, Isle of Man. He was baptised on the 3rd January, 1897 at Braddan, Isle of Man. He was the son of John and Frances Cowin, of 13, Kingswood Grove, Douglas, Isle of Man. 

The 1911 Census shows the family living at 6 Harris Terrace Douglas. His father, John Edward. is aged 44, born in Kirk Michael in 1867 and is a Yard Man for Andrew Knowles and Son Ltd, whilst his mother Frances is aged 42, born 1869 in Kirk Michael. They had been married for 23 years. They have six children, all of whom were born in Braddan, Isle of Man. Margaret is aged 20 born 1891, Christine is aged 18, born 1893, Catherine aged 16, born 1895 have no occupation, William aged 14, born 1897, Bertha aged 12, born 1899 and John aged 10, born 1891 are still at school..

William enlisted in Douglas, Isle of Man and was serving in the 20th Battalion, The King’s Liverpool Regiment as Private No 36883 when he was killed in action on the 22nd October 1916 aged 19 during the Battle of the Transloy Ridges which was part of the ongoing Somme Offensive. He was kiled by a shell that also killed his friends Pte 38487 Edward Crebbin and Pte 26885 James Alfred Shimmin.

He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme, France.

Baptismal records show William Joseph was born in 1896 and the Census records hold the year 1897.

Killed On This Day.

(104 Years this day)
Monday 27th November 1916.
Pte 51893 James Arnold
38 years old