Diamond War Memorial Project

Lance Corporal Donald McGowan

'B' Company, 10th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (Derry Volunteers). Regimental Number 15849
Born: ---- Died: 1916-07-01 Aged: 22 Enlisted: Londonderry.

Listed on Murray Parent Club of Apprentice Boys of Derry 1914-18 War Roll of Honour. Interred in Mill Road Cemetery, Thiepval, Somme, France. Name commemorated on the Diamond War Memorial.

Son of George (possibly died March 6, 1914) and Jane McGowan, 55, Fountain Street, Londonderry. Brother of Jeannie Atkinson, 12, Artillery Street, Londonderry.

Lance Corporal McGowan was a member of Carlisle Road Presbyterian Church. His brother-in-law also made the supreme sacrifice on July 1, 1916, and he had two other brothers on active service at time of death.

About one year after the death of Lance Corporal McGowan, his family had the following lines placed in a Londondery newspaper:

'A bitter grief, a shock severe,

To part with one we loved so dear;

Our loss is great, we'll not complain,

But hope in Heaven to meet again.'

Donald McGowan's name was read out during a memorial service held, in St Columb's (Church of Ireland) Cathedral, Londonderry, on Sunday, June 28, 1918, to commemorate the Derry soldiers, who had been killed, or assumed dead, over the past year.

Martha, Jeannie, George and Donald McGowan, 55, Fountain Street, signed the Ulster Solemn League and Covenant (September 1912) pledging resistance to Home Rule for Ireland.