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Henry Dow cap badgePrivate Henry Dow

1/5th (Dumfries and Galloway) Battalion King's Own Scottish Borderers
Service No: 42101

Henry Dow grave





Personal details

Family Information

Son of Charles and Alice Dow of 1a Iron Row, Langloan, Coatbridge. Henry left a Will leaving everything to his mother. From the 1901 Census - Address - No. 105 Barrhill Rows (old), Kirkintilloch, Dunbartonshire - Charles Dow aged 39, Alice Dow aged 34, Charles Dow aged 7, Alice Jane Dow (29/12/1897 - 27/02/1969) aged 4, Alfred Dow aged 2 and Henry Dow aged 1. Henry's Pension was awarded to his mother Alice then c/o S.B Lynch of Lakeview Avenue, St Joseph, Michigan, USA.

Born / Resided

Kirkintilloch, Dunbartonshire / Coatbridge.


Killed in Action 29/07/1918 during the Battle of the Soissonais and of the Ourcq. The Division captured the Bagneux Ridge (part of the Battles of the Marne 1918)


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Buried / Remembered

Soissons Memorial (Stone No 15B), Aisne, France.

Cemetery / Memorial Information

The original British Expeditionary Force crossed the Aisne in August 1914 a few kilometres west of Soissons, and re-crossed it in September a few kilometres east. For the next three and a half years, this part of the front was held by French forces and the city remained within the range of German artillery. At the end of April 1918, five divisions of Commonwealth forces (IX Corps) were posted to the French 6th Army in this sector to rest and refit following the German offensives on the Somme and Lys. Here, at the end of May, they found themselves facing the overwhelming German attack which, despite fierce opposition, pushed the Allies back across the Aisne to the Marne. Having suffered 15,000 fatal casualties, IX Corps was withdrawn from this front in early July, but was replaced by XXII Corps, who took part in the Allied counter attack that had driven back the Germans by early August and recovered the lost ground. The Soissons Memorial commemorates almost 4,000 officers and men of the United Kingdom forces who died during the Battles of the Aisne and the Marne in 1918 and who have no known grave.

Additional Information

The Battalion sailed from Liverpool on 24/05/1915 for service at Gallipoli and landed on the 06/06/1915. In January 1916 they moved via Mudros to Egypt. They landed at Marseilles for service in France on the 17/04/1918 and were part of the 103rd (Tyneside Irish) Brigade, 34th Division when Henry fell. Battle of the Soissonais and of the Ourcq (Battles of the Marne1918), 23rd July – 2nd August 1918. At 4.10 am on the 28/07/1918 fog covered the ground, but the leading line, in which were the 1/8th Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) and 1/5th Kings's Own Scottish Borderers of the 103rd Brigade, and the 1/4th Royal Sussex and 2/4th Queen’s of the 101st Brigade, each on a two-company front, pushed forward through a German barrage, which fell two hundred yards in front of the starting line and contained a belt of tear-gas. Good progress of over a mile was made; so towards 6am a short halt was ordered. When further advances were made at a number of places, as far as the Bois de Bagneux (west of the village) and Point 189, north-west of the village, the Germans counter attacked. After a long deadlock and a struggle against machine-gun fire, the troops fell back about 2pm to the position gained at the first advance. This was a phase of the Battles of the Marne, 20th July – 2nd August 1918 : A British force takes part in Foch’s very large scale and highly successful counter offensive of the Marne, which proves to be the start of an unbroken series of Allied successes. Henry's Division captured the Bagneux Ridge. SEE PHOTOS x 23 FOR THE BATTALION HISTORY FROM JULY - EARLY AUGUST 1918. Henry was formerly with the 16th (Service Battalion (2nd Glasgow) Highland Light Infantry (43637). Possibly Henry's brother Private Charles Dow Cameron Highlanders listed on the Dundyvan Parish Church Roll of Honour (same address, see photos). Also see photos for Henry's Medal Index Card, his Army Register of Soldiers Effects, his Service Medal and Award Rolls, his name on the Soissons Memorial x 2, his CWGC Grave Registration, his name on the Soissons Memorial Panel List, Henry's Pension Records x 2, his former Regiment the Highland Light Infantry Cap Badge and the King's Own Scottish Borderers Cap Badge. The Battalion History for the Great War is available to view https://archive.org/details/5thbattkosb/page/n1/mode/1up

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