Cowan, William James

Regimental Number: 523199
Rank: Private
Branch: Canadian Army Medical Corps; Canadian Engineers

William was born in Fermanagh, Ireland in July of 1881. He and his wife, Margaret Pearl, were living in Calgary at the time of William’s enlistment in March of 1916. William suffered from recurring myalgia and appears to have spent most of his military career in England due to poor health. He was in France from September 13 to December 13, 1918. After being discharged, William returned to Alberta. In 1919, he filed on the eastern half of 16-72-12-W6, though a present address card in his military service file indicates that he and Margaret were still living in Calgary in 1923. William died in Calgary on November 25, 1949.