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.

Dowie, Robert

Private, 8th Bn., Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)
Service Number
24 March 1880 at North Queensferry
James Dowie, quarryman and Jane McKenzie, Back Lane, North Queensferry.
Date of death
3 May 1917 (Aged 37)
Has no known grave
Other Memorials
Inverkeithing Memorial.
Bay 6, Arras Memorial.
Scottish National War Memorial (Edinburgh Castle)

Other Information

Awarded Military Medal.

Brother of William Dowie. Husband of Jane Blackwood Dowie, of Viewfield, Chirnside, Berwickshire.

Census 1881 at Battery Road, (1) born North Queensferry, son of James (29) quarryman and Jane (30)

Robert became a Contractor’s Timekeeper. He married Jane Blackwood, on 7 Aug 1905 at Edinburgh. They had sons David, born 1911 at Wick and Robert born 1913 at Cromarty.

He worked for a contractor named Nott, on the construction of the ill fated Cromarty and Dingwall Light Railway, which was intended to run from Cromarty to the Highland Railway station at Conon Bridge. This was beset with legal and other difficulties. The first six miles of track had been laid and additional works over a further two miles were underway when construction was halted at the outbreak of the First World War (the tracks were lifted and re-used by the army in France).

Robert joined up early in the war and was posted to the 8Bn Black Watch. He gained a reputation for taking part in trench raids.

He was wounded by a grenade in 1916 and spent some time in hospital at Aberdeen before returning to the trenches.

He was awarded the Military Medal in December 1916.

At the start of May 1917 the battalion were taking part in the Battle of Arras when he was initially reported Missing, subsequently updated to “Killed in Action”


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Scottish National War Memorial (Edinburgh Castle)

Scottish War Memorials Project

National Archives. Medal Card WO372/6/77850.

Scottish National Archives. Will. Marriage Certificate

Census 1881, 1901

Soldiers Died in Great War

Robert Dowie (Great grandson of brother)

Dunfermline Press, 3 February 1917

Black Watch Regimental Association


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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