Roll of Honour

2nd Lieutenant

John Halley Gow


John Halley Gow was the son of Agnes and William, an auctioneer. The family lived in Glenartney, Perth. John attended Sharp's School where he was the dux medallist in 1904.

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It appears that John trained in law. Not unusually for the time, he only spent a year at university from 1909-1910 when he took a class in Conveyancing. It is not clear where else he trained but he ended up representing the Dundee jute firm, Low and Bonar, in London.

He was in London upon the outbreak of war and immediately joined the 1st Battalion of the Middlesex Regiment. He passed through all the ranks and made it to 2nd Lieutenant. Although he survived the infamous first day of the Battle of the Somme he was later killed, on 15th July 1916, aged 28. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.