|Place of birth||Palmers Channel, Clarence River, New South Wales|
|Address||Mullumbimbi, New South Wales|
|Age at embarkation||23|
|Next of kin||Father, Alexander McCowan, Mullumbimbi, Brunswick River, New South Wales|
|Rank on enlistment||Corporal|
|Unit name||42nd Battalion, D Company|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/59/1|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A30 Borda on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Sergeant|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||42nd Battalion|
|Other details from Roll of Honour Circular||Enlisted 18th October 1915. Left Brisbane 3rd June 1916 as Corporal in DC. 42nd Battalion promoted to Seargent before Battle of messines, first reported missing. Then killed in action 24/6/17 CSM in writing spoke of him as one of the straightest. (Annie McCowan Mother)|
|Fate||Killed in Action
|Place of death or wounding||Messines, Belgium|
|Age at death||25|
|Age at death from cemetery records||25|
|Place of burial||No known grave|
|Commemoration details||The Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 27), Belgium
The Menin Gate Memorial (so named because the road led to the town of Menin) was constructed on the site of a gateway in the eastern walls of the old Flemish town of Ypres, Belgium, where hundreds of thousands of allied troops passed on their way to the front, the Ypres salient, the site from April 1915 to the end of the war of some of the fiercest fighting of the war.
The Memorial was conceived as a monument to the 350,000 men of the British Empire who fought in the campaign. Inside the arch, on tablets of Portland stone, are inscribed the names of 56,000 men, including 6,178 Australians, who served in the Ypres campaign and who have no known grave.
The opening of the Menin Gate Memorial on 24 July 1927 so moved the Australian artist Will Longstaff that he painted 'The Menin Gate at Midnight', which portrays a ghostly army of the dead marching past the Menin Gate. The painting now hangs in the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, at the entrance of which are two medieval stone lions presented to the Memorial by the City of Ypres in 1936.
Since the 1930s, with the brief interval of the German occupation in the Second World War, the City of Ypres has conducted a ceremony at the Memorial at dusk each evening to commemorate those who died in the Ypres campaign.
|Panel number, Roll of Honour,|
Australian War Memorial
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|Parents: Alexander and Annie MCCOWAN, North Arm, Queensland. Native of Palmer's Challell, New South Wales|
War service: Western FrontMedals: British War Medal, Victory Medal