James Mathieson Mowat
7th Battalion. Gordon Highlanders
Corpl. W. Mowatt – Gordon Hrs.
This soldier is probably in fact Corpl. James Mathieson Mowat (“J. Mowat” on the Torphins memorial), no 290877 of the 7th Bn. Gordon Highlanders born in Stonehaven on 5 September 1876, son of a joiner, Archibald Mowat and his wife Margaret Mathieson who married at Rickarton in 1875. He grew up in Aberdeen, appearing in the 1881 census at 3 South Bridge Old Machar age 4, and ten years later as a message boy living with parents and brother and two sisters at 84 Holburn Street. By 1901 the family had moved to 132 Holburn Street, and he was working as a monumental mason. Mowat married Elizabeth Tosh (or possibly Josh) Mackay in 1904 at the Richmond Café in Correction Wynd when he gave his occupation as journeyman stonecutter. By the time of the 1911 census he had moved with his family to Torphins, was living at Woodlands Cottage and employed as a fire and insurance agent. By that time he also had children – Margaret (5), William James (3) and Gilbert Thomson (under three months).
He died on 30/7/1917 and is commemorated at Ypres (Menin Gate memorial). His name also appears on the City Roll of Honour.