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McGown, James (3203)

Place of Birth: Footscray, VIC

Age: 29 years 11 months

Enlistment Details: Tuesday, 6 July 1915 – Melbourne, VIC

Service Number: 3203            view online service record

196 Clark Street
Port Melbourne, VIC

Next of Kin:
Evelyn Jane McGown (wife)
196 Clark Street
Port Melbourne, VIC

Embarkation Details:
Date: Thursday, 18 November 1915
Ship: HMAT Wiltshire A18
Port: Melbourne, VIC
Unit: 21st Infantry Battalion – 7th Reinforcements

DOD: Thursday, 20 February 1919

Brothers: John McGown, Norman George McGown and Frederick William McGown

Brother-in-Law: William George Street (3259)

Private, 56 Infantry, died from illness, 20 February, 1919, England, commemorated 110 Melcombe Regis Cemetery, Dorset, England.

Parents: John and Amelia McGOWN, wife Mrs Evelyn Jane McGOWN, born Mansfield, educated Nott Street, Port Melbourne SS. Enlisted with wife and a daughter at 126 Albert Road, later at several addresses in South and Port Melbourne, before moving to Northcote in 1918; died of pneumonia, Monte Video Hospital, Weymouth, England. One sister, five brothers; two enlisted, 6861, Norman, and William, the latter initially 442, an Able-Bodied Diver with the Naval Bridging Team and later as 6859 with the same reinforcements for the 23 Infantry as Norman; father at 136 Graham Street, Port Melbourne. A report in the Port Melbourne Standard on the unveiling of the Nott Street School Honour Board has the family name as McGOWAN.

Additional research by Brian Membrey


  • Brian Membrey
    Posted October 11, 2016 1.33 pm 0Likes

    McGOWN.-On the 20th February, at Camp Hospital, Monte Video, of pneumonia, after 3 years and 3 months’ active service, James, beloved eldest son of John and Amelia McGown, 136 Graham Street, Port Melbourne, beloved brother of Nellie, Mrs. Street, John, and William (returned), Norman (on active service), and Robert, aged 23 years. Duty nobly done.

  • Brian Membrey
    Posted November 26, 2016 11.10 am 0Likes

    “Deceased was buried with full honours, the coffin draped with the Australian flag being borne to the graveside on a gun-carriage preceded by a Firing Party and Band from No. 2 Australian Command Depot, Weymouth. Six of the deceased’s late Unit comrades supported the Pall and a number of Officers, N.C.O’s, and men of the Depot followed the remains and were present at the graveside ceremony” (Official Burial Report)

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