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, William

Private, 8th Battalion, Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)
Service Number
21 January 1891 at North Queensferry
James Dowie, quarryman and Jane McKenzie, Back Lane, North Queensferry.
Date of death
30 June 1916 (Aged 25)
ll.H.9 Maroeuil British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France
Other Memorials
Inverkeithing Memorial.
Scottish National War Memorial (Edinburgh Castle)

Other Information

Brother of Robert Dowie.

Census 1891 at Back Lane, (2 months) born Dunfermline, son of James (39) quarryman and Jane (40)

Census 1901 at The Lane (10) born North Queensferry, Scholar, son of James (49) Whinstone Quarryman [mother not mentioned]

Census 1911 at School Brae (20) born North Queensferry, Labourer in Whinstone Quarry, brother in law of John Brown (34) Machine Rock Driller in Whinstone Quarry.

He enlisted early in 1916 and was posted to the same Battalion as his brother. He had only been at the front for a few weeks when he was killed.


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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