Guy Gouin Bowie


Oct 20, 1892

Born at Ottawa Ontario


Dec 10, 1915

Received Commission as Lieutenant in the GGFG (Governor General’s Foot Guard) in Ottawa


Mar 15, 1916

Officer’s Declaration signed into the 154th Battalion at Cornwall Ontario 

Ø      Rank – Lieutenant

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs HW Bowie (mother) of 426 Queen St, Ottawa Ontario

o       Stated he was not married

Ø      Previous occupation given as Bank Clerk

Ø      Previous military experience given as GGFG

Ø      Religion given as Anglican


Oct 25, 1916

Embarked the SS Mauretania at Halifax Nova Scotia



Oct 31, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool England and proceeded to West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent


Jan 31, 1917

Transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion at East Sandling Camp


Aug 7, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Aug 8, 1917

Arrived at 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) at Havre France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Aug 16, 1917

Attended the 2nd training Battalion in the field on Course


Aug 22, 1917

Joined Battalion from course


Oct 28, 1917

Proceeded on Course


Nov 26, 1917

Rejoined battalion from course


Nov 27, 1917

Granted 14 days leave


Dec 13, 1917

Rejoined battalion from leave


Dec 15, 1917

Accidentally shot in the abdomen by Pte Leo Lepine when returning to the front line trench from patrol.  See the incident reports below. 

He was initially treated by the Battalion Medical Officer


Dec 16, 1917

Admitted to #4 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) then transferred same day to #42 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)


Jan 1, 1918

Transferred via AT 28 (Ambulance Transport)


Jan 2, 1918

Transferred to No 24 General Hospital at Etaples


Feb 6, 1918

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Princess Elizabeth


Posted to EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) while in hospital


Feb 7, 1918

Admitted to Prince of Wales Hospital at Marylebone


Apr 15, 1918

Discharged from hospital and On Command to HQOMFC (Headquarters Overseas Military Force of Canada) pending return to Canada


Apr 16, 1918

SOS (Struck Off Strength) the establishment of the 21st Battalion


May 6, 1918

SOS the OMFC on being invalided to Canada for further medical treatment 

Embarked the Hospital Ship Llandovery Castle at Avonmouth



May 15, 1918

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia and proceeded to Kingston Ontario


May 19, 1918

Admitted to the Kingston General Hospital, Kingston Ontario


May 20, 1918

Transferred to the Sir Sanford Fleming Hospital, Ottawa Ontario


Jul 19, 1918

Transferred to the Fettercairn Convalescent Hospital, Chaffey’s Locks, Ontario


Sep 4, 1918

Transferred to the Sir Sanford Fleming Hospital, Ottawa Ontario


Jan 31, 1919

Posted to the Adj Staff, Dispersal Station “G” HQ


Feb 1, 1919

Granted leave with subsistence


Jul 21, 1919

Discharged from the CEF


Jul 3, 1922

British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to Soldier Settlement Board, 384 McLaren St, Ottawa Ontario


Oct 13, 1967

Deceased at Ottawa Ontario



October 11, 1916 he stated that his father was Major HW Bowie, of the 51st Battalion CEF, at the Bramshott Camp, England.  A newspaper story of May 23, 1918 states that his father was the Sergeant-at-Arms for the House of Commons in Ottawa.



Below are the statements provided to the inquiry into the accidental shooting on December 15, 1917


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