COWAN, James Easson
(Service number 70932)

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Date 28 July 1888 Place of Birth Innerleithen, Peeblesshire, Scotland

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Grosvenor Hotel, Timaru
Occupation Cook
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin George EASSON (uncle), Wilson Street Store, Timaru; Archibald COWAN (father), Walkerburn, Peebleshire, Scotland
Religion Church of England
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 38th Reinforcements, A Company
Date 5 June 1918
Transport Remuera
Embarked From Destination Liverpool, Merseyside, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

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Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
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Liberation Date


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date *1958 Age 68 years
Place of Death Christchurch
Memorial or Cemetery
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

James Easson Cowan was the second son of Archibald and Mary (née Easson) Cowan. James was at home with his family in 1891 at Innerleithen and in 1901 at Leith, Midlothian, where he was a message boy. His maternal uncle, George Easson, also came to New Zealand and lived in Timaru for some years. Embarking at Tilbury on 12 March 1919 for the return home, James reached Lyttelton, New Zealand by the “Corinthic” in April 1919, one of 1142 soldiers aboard. He married Laura Mary Beatrice Johnson in 1923.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [14 November 2019]; 1891, 1901 Scotland census transcriptions ( [14 November 2019]; Timaru Herald, 12 April 1919 (Papers Past) [26 November 2013]

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