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Queen’s South Africa

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Queen’s South Africa, 3 bars, Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, King’s South Africa, 2 bars, SA 1901, SA 1902, Civil Surgeon George Mowat. Dr George Mowat, born 17/9/1873, in…

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Queen’s South Africa, 3 bars, Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, King’s South Africa, 2 bars, SA 1901, SA 1902, Civil Surgeon George Mowat. Dr George Mowat, born 17/9/1873, in Glasgow, Scotland. Graduated M.B. and C.M. 22/10/1895. Went on to serve as a Civil Surgeon during the Boer war, attesting 11th January 1900. His obituary states during his time in the Boer War he was ‘Twice mentioned in dispatches, and gained the South African Medal’. Returned and settled in South Africa in 1909, appointed one of the Railway Medical Officers in Yeville, Johannesburg. At the outbreak of the First World War he joined the Pretoria Regiment obtaining a combatant commission as a Lieutenant, later promoted captain, serving in the German S.W.A. Campaign. On the close of hostilities he transferred to the S.A.I. and was sent to Europe as Capt of the 4th S.A.I. (South African Scottish), where he was shortly after Killed in Aciton on the first day of the Battle of Butte De Warlencourt. Capt H.C. Juta in ‘The History of the Transvaal Scottish describes Captain Mowat’s final hours; “On October 12th, The South African Scottish, Under Major (D.R.) Hunt, went over the top under a hail of machine gun bullets falling through the thick mist and smoke; so heavily did they suffer, that they failed to reach the first objective, and were relieved on the 13th when they moved back to High Wood. DUring the action, Capt. Mowat was killed while gallantly leading, well in front of his men, to within five yards of the German trench. Lieut Polson and Quinton also were killed’. His father was informed by telegram 18th October 1916. Mowat is reported as having been buried in ‘No Mans Land, 1/2 Mile east of Le Sans, 3 miels S.W. of Bapaume.’ He was one of 16 officers of the S.A.I. killed in action during WW1. with copy medal rolls & research