Second Lieutenant James Dowens

Second Lieutenant James Alexander Dowens,1st/ 4th ( Border ) Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers att. 6th ( Service ) Battalion, K.O.S.B. He was killed in action in Belgium on 17th October 1918, aged 27 during the “Advance to Victory”. He was the son of Mr and Mrs T. Dowens of 8 Ivy Place, Berwick and the husband of Janet Dowens of 5 Clifton Terrace, Portobello and id buried in Dadizeele New British Cemetery, Flanders, Belgium. His Headstone is inscribed ” Till The Day Breaks”. Before returning to enlist he had been employed by the Mashonaland Railway Co. Bulawayo, South Africa. On the night of 16th/17th October the Battalion crossed the River Lys and attacked the German positions on the Courtrai-Harlebeke road. During the night a German counter attack was beaten off but unfortunately Second Lieutenant Dowens was killed. He had been previously wounded in September 1916. The illustrations and photographs show Allied troops pressing forward against the retreating German army during the last 100 days of the War.

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