J.M. Cowie

Sgt. James McArthur Cowie, 78585, 9th Battalion Tank Corps

Born in Roughwards, Gamrie, Banff, Scotland on 7th January 1898. His father was a farmer who died at the age of 46 in 1904. Educated in Bracoden School. James worked in a Duff House Nursing Home, Banff, as a driver and was the youngest person in Banff to get his driving license.

On 4th October 1916, shortly after the death of his mother, he joined the Army - 9th Battalion Tank Corps. He was a First Class Tank Mechanist. Awarded the Croix de Guerre with start on 23rd July 1918 for "Great gallantry in action". Promoted Sergeant on 20th June 1919 and demobbed on 22nd October 1919.

Returning to work at Duff House after the war and went with them when they transferred the home to Ruthin Castle, North Wales. Edith Asher, another member of staff, also transferred and they later married. James eventually became the maintenance engineer and knew the castle inside out. James and Edith married and had one dauther, Agnes, in April 1935.

During World War 2 James joined the Royal Observer Corps and was also on Fire Duty. He was a member of the ROC for almost 20 years and was made an honorary member in 1964.

Died on 18th December 1985.

BRITISH WAR MEDAL 1914-18 (SILVER)

VICTORY MEDAL

CROIX DE GUERRE WITH BRONZE STAR

ROYAL OBSERVER CORPS MEDAL

MEDAL RIBBON GROUP