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CowanB WCaptainServed to unknown data.
Source: Nominal roll in WO127
Bechuanaland Rifles
CowanBryce WalterMajorCOWAN, BRYCE WALTER, Major, was born 17 January 1866, at Wheatrig, Kilmaurs, Scotland, son of George Cowan, of Wheatrig, Kilmaurs, Scotland. He was educated at Kilmarnock Academy, and at the Glasgow Technical College, and travelled through Canada, the United States and South Africa in 1892; raised the Bechuanaland Rifles, and has commanded them since 1896. He served in the South African War, and served throughout the siege of Mafeking, including the actions of 26 December 1899, and 12 May 1900; and with Major General Baden-Powell in the Transvaal, taking part in operations in the Transvaal in May and June, 1900; operations in the Transvaal, west of Pretoria, July to 29 November 1900; operations in Cape Colony, north of Orange River. During part of this time he was serving under Major General Douglas. He served eventually with Major General Lord Methuen, when he had command of a special mobile column, September 1901 to 31 May 1902. He took part in operations in the Transvaal, Orange River Colony and Cape Colony; was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 8 February 1901; 16 April, 1901; 3 December 1901 and 29 July 1902]; received the Queen's Medal with three clasps, the King's Medal with two clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 31 October 1902]: "Bryce Walter Cowan, Major, Bechuanaland Rifles. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". The regiment was called out in August 1914, to quell the Rebellion in South Africa. In January 1915, the regiment was attached to the Eastern Force, which proceeded via Kuruman and Kalahari Desert to German South-West Africa, until the finish of the war there, and then Lieutenant Colonel Cowan proceeded to Europe and took over command of a battalion of the Royal Fusiliers (The City of London Regiment). He had the Volunteer Decoration. He married, 13 October 1904, in Cape Town, South Africa, Marion Hamilton, youngest daughter of Robert Hamilton, of Langmuir, Kilmaurs, Ayrshire, and Breckonridge, Strathavon, Lanarkshire, and they had four children: Bryce George, born 17 January 1906; Marion Elizabeth Young; Robert Hamilton, born 22 January 1909, and John Girvan, born 14 April, 1913.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
Bechuanaland Rifles
CowanC ASource: QSA and KSA medal rollsNew Zealand, 8th Contingent
CowanC B5095PrivateQSA (5).
Source: QSA medal rolls
2nd Dragoon Guards (Queen's Bays)
CowanC E1st Battalion
Source: QSA and KSA medal rolls
Manchester Regiment
CowanCharles George9375SergeantSource: QSA Medal Rolls46th Company, 12th Btn, IY
CowanCharles John6244Regimental Sergeant MajorSource: QSA Medal Rolls34th Company, 11th Btn, IY
CowanColin20873TrooperSource: QSA Medal Rolls18th Company, 6th Btn, IY
CowanColin213Attested: Nov 1901. Source: CMP8Cape Police
CowanD CSource: QSA and KSA medal rollsNational Scouts
CowanE J26895SapperSent home time expired. To Army Reserve. QSA (5) and KSA sent 24 Jun 1903.

QSA (5) Belm MR Paard Drief Witt. KSA

TNA ref 155/61; 313/40
Royal Engineers, Field Company, 7th
CowanEdward20638SergeantSource: QSA Medal Rolls28th Company, 4th Btn, IY
CowanF1283Farrier QM SergeantQSA (5). To England for Discharge.
Source: QSA medal rolls
16th (The Queen's) Lancers
CowanF J26141TrooperSeverely wounded. Near Boshof, 29 May 1901
Source: South African Field Force Casualty Roll
Dennison's Scouts
CowanFrederickAttested: Sep 1897. Source: CMP8Cape Police
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