Lest We Forget

1914 - 1918

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them.

Dow, John Mitchell, MA

(Born as John Mitchell Findlay)

Lance Corporal, 9th Battalion, Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)
Service Number
19 March 1890 at Partick, Glasgow
David Gordon Findlay, (House Factor, Coal Merchant and Insurance Agent) and Agnes, m.s. Quinney. Father died when John was 3 and mother re-married, William Dow, (step-father, mason and sett maker). They lived at Battery Road, North Queensferry. John seems to have thereafter always used surname Dow.
Date of death
29 April 1916 (Aged 26)
I.B.7, St Mary’s A.D.S. Cemetery, Haisnes, Pas de Calais, France.
Other Memorials
Inverkeithing Memorial.
North Berwick War Memorial.
Abbey Church War Memorial, North Berwick
Edinburgh University Roll of Honour.
Scottish National War Memorial (Edinburgh Castle)

Other Information

Attended Dunfermline High School and Edinburgh University, Faculty of Arts 1908-11 and graduated MA in 1911

Became a Teacher in North Berwick School, East Lothian. Enlisted 1915.

Census 1911 at Battery Road, J. Mitchell Dow (21) born Partick, Teacher Student, son of William (42) born North Queensferry, Mason, Sett maker, and Agnes (52) born Glasgow.

Killed in Action

J. M. Dow
Dow grave
Grave of John Mitchell Dow


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Scottish War Memorials Project

Edinburgh University Roll of Honour

Census 1911

National Archives. Medal Card

Scottish National Archives. Birth Certificate. Marriage Certificate for re-marriage of widowed mother.

Soldiers Died in Great War

Alex Morris

Here dead we lie, Because we did not choose
To live and shame the land, From which we sprung.

Life, to be sure, Is nothing much to lose,
But young men think it is, And we were young.

[A.E. Housman]

When You Go Home,
Tell Them Of Us And Say,

For Your Tomorrow,
We gave our Today

[Kohima, attributed to John Maxwell Edmonds]

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