Thomas Gowland

December 12, 2016
While visiting the Somme battlefields in France, I received a Royal British Legion remembrance collection 2016 booklet. When looking into it, I saw so many things I'd like to order, but one thing especially caught the eye, the Somme 1916 Poppy lapel pin. This lapel pin is an exclusive tribute to those who fell during the Battle of the Somme in 1916. The pins are crafted using brass fuses from British shells fired during the battle, while the enamel paint contains earth from the British front line, meaning each one contains the very essence of the historic battlefield.
Each pin commemorates a soldier that fell during the Battle of the Somme, my pin commemorates Sergeant Thomas Gowland. Although this isn't really an adoption grave, I do see him as my first adopted British soldier.

Before the war

Thomas Gowland was born in Houghton-le-Spring in 1890. Houghton-le-Spring is a town in North East England, which has its recorded origins in Norman times.

Gowland was a coal miner before he joined the war. Houghton used to be a well-known mining town in the county of Tyne and Wear.

Houghton-le-Spring, United Kingdom

Thomas Gowland was married to Lenora Marshall Moore Probert. They had one son, Anthony Gowland.

In the army

Thomas originally enlisted in the RAMC (Royal Army Medical Corpse) in December 1914.

On June 12, 1915 he joined the 10th Bn Royal Fusiliers in Newcastle. He went to France on August 30, 1916.

Thomas' death

Thomas Gowland died of his wounds sustained during the Battle of the Somme on October 11, 1916 at the 36th Casualty Clearing Station. He is buried at Heilly Station cemetery in Méricourt-l'Abbé. He rests at plot IV, row A, grave 81.

Heilly Station Cemetery, Méricourt-l'Abbé, France

11th Battalion, Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment)

Royal West Kent Regiment

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Personal information

Sergeant, British Army
Service # G/18241
11th Battalion, Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment)
Enlisted in Newcastle-on-Tyne

Born: September 1890 in Houghton-le-Spring, Durham
Hometown: ?

Died: October 11, 1916
Status: died of wounds (DOW)

Buried: Plot IV, row A, grave 81, Heilly Station Cemetery, Méricourt-l'Abbé, France
Awards: /

Wife: Lenora Marshall Moore Probert (1892-1965)
Son: Athony Gowland (1914-1996)
Father: Anthony Gowland (1859-1945)
Mother: Dorothy Ellen Davison (1863-1935)
Brothers: Thompson (1882-1974), Anthony (1896-?)
Sisters: Jane (1884-1974), Margaret (1888-1981), Elizabeth (1894-?), Mary (1896-1905), Dorothy (1899-?), Kate (1902-?), Elsie (1907-?)

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