Grant Davidson Mowat

Jun 10, 1894

Born in Meaford, Ontario to Alexander and Annie Elizabeth (nee Davidson) Mowat


Feb 1, 1916

Shown on the pay roll of the 93rd Battalion CEF in Peterborough, Ontario with the rank of Lieutenant


Apr 6, 1916

Promoted to the rank of Captain


May 25, 1916

Sworn into the 93rhd Battalion CEF in Peterborough, Ontario

Ø  Rank on enlistment Captain

Ø  Next of kin given as Alexander Mowat, father, 368 Brock St., Peterborough, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as School Teacher

o   He had been a Law Student in Toronto, Ontario

Ø  Previous military experience given as 2 years in the 57th Regiment, Peterborough Rangers, Canadian Militia

Ø  Religion given as Presbyterian


May 29, 1916

The battalion boarded a train to proceeded to Kingston, Ontario to continue training at the Barriefield Camp


Jul 15, 1916

Embarked the Empress of Britain in Halifax, Nova Scotia



Jul 25, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England


Sep 20, 1916

Posted to the Officer’s General List but remained attached to the 93rd Battalion


Oct 6, 1916

Attached to the 39th Reserve Battalion in the West Sandling Camp


Jan 4, 1917

Transferred to the newly formed 6th Reserve Battalion in East Sandling.  Shortly after the formation of the battalion, it was moved to Seaford to continue training soldiers for the front


Feb 6, 1917

Proceeded on course at the School of Musketry


Mar 3, 1917

Qualified as 1st Class Instructor at the Eastern Command School of Musketry in Musketry and the use of the Lewis Gun and attached to the 12th Reserve Battalion


Mar 10, 1917

Ceased to be attached to the 12th Reserve Battalion


Apr 27, 1917

Reverted to the rank of Lieutenant in order to proceed to France

 Posted to the 21st Battalion


May 1, 1917

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 166 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion.


May 2, 1917

After leaving the base depot, Lieut Mowat joined the 2nd Entrenching Battalion in Hersin


Jun 8, 1917

Lieut Mowat left the entrenching battalion and joined the 21st Battalion in billets in the nearby Coupigny Huts and was assigned to “C” Company.


Aug 15, 1917

The 21st Battalion participated in the capture of Hill 70 near Lens, France.  The fighting was fierce, often hand to hand combat and the battalion suffered severe casualties.  Lieut Mowat was killed instantly by a sniper’s bullet while leading his company forward during the attack.  When the battle had ended, his body was among those that could not be identified at time of burial and he was buried nearby in a shallow grave with 5 other soldiers.  In 1924 the bodies were uncovered and moved to the Cabaret Rouge British Cemetery and he was reburied as an Unknown Soldier.  His name is subsequently listed on the Canadian National Vimy Memorial, Vimy Ridge, France for those killed during the war with no known grave.


In 1994 Norm Christiewas able to identify the unknown grave as that of Lieutenant Grant Mowat and the headstone was replaced with an appropriate one with his name.  However it should be noted that the rank on the headstone is incorrect.  The CWGC has been notified and the marker will be changed in due course.



Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father, Alexander Mowat, Peterborough, Ontario

The Memorial Cross was sent to his mother, Mrs. Annie E. Mowat, at the same address


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