Charles James Carlton Mowat

RankCaptain C J C Mowat
Medals1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
RegimentCameronians (Scottish Rifles), 1st/8th Battalion
Military Service

1905 Commissioned as Second Lieutenant in to 4th Lanark Rifle Volunteers on 2nd December

1907 Promoted Lieutenant in 8th Cameronians on 9th December

1911 Resigned commission

1914 Reappointed Second Lieutenant in 8th Cameronians on 14th August. Promoted Captain 26th September

1915 The battalion mobilized for war and embarked for Gallipoli from Devonport via Mudros in May, and landed at Gallipoli on 14th June.

Charles Mowat was killed in action during the 28th June offensive at Gully Ravine, Gallipoli in which the battalion suffered very heavy losses. Others lost that day included Lieut William Duff, Lieut Alexander Elliot, Captain Cecil Macindoe, Captain William Church and Second Lieutenant William Robertson.


25th February 1885

Death28th June 1915
Circumstances of Death

Killed in action. According to an unpublished manuscript history of the 7th Cameronians (who also fought at Gully Ravine on 28th June) some confusion arose over the identity of a body found after the battle. At first it was thought to be that of Captain Howat of the 7th Cameronians until it was realized that the dead officer had worn a monocle and it must be the body of Charles Mowat.

MemorialHelles Memorial, Panel 92 to 97.
CWGC Information

Son of Ronald Wallace Mowat and Jessie Crichton Carlton Mowat, of 15, Grosvenor Terrace, Glasgow.


Ronald W Mowat (1858-1929) and Jessie C Carlton (1858-1919)

Father's Occupation



Ronald D C (1883-1894)




Glasgow Academy

Loretto School 1895-1903

Trinity College, Oxford; graduated MA



1891 Census

Westminster Terrace, Glasgow

1901 Census

Not at family home – 8 Eton Terrace, Great George Street, Glasgow

1911 Census

Shuckburgh Park, near Daventry, Warwickshire (visitor)

Glasgow NecropolisCompartment Primus Lair 27-28
Other Memorials

Scottish National War Memorial

Glasgow Academy War Memorial;

Loretto Roll of Honour;

Oxford University Roll of Service

Other Information

When Mowat’s father died in 1929 he left one tenth each of his residuary estate to Glasgow High School, Loretto School and Trinity College, Oxford. These shares of £3745 each were to be used to fund travelling scholarships. In 1936 a memorial window in Glasgow Cathedral was unveiled in memory of Ronald W Mowat, his wife and two sons.

Acknowledgements and Sources

Much of the information on which this profile is based is drawn from various internet sources which are listed below.  The Friends of Glasgow Necropolis also wish to make full acknowledgement and thanks for the permitted use of any information or images generously supplied specifically for exhibition, publication or display in connection with The Roll of Honour and accompanying profiles to The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) Museum, Hamilton, Trinity College, Oxford, Ancestry (, and Findmypast (,

Commonwealth War Graves Commission –

Family Search –

The Long, Long Trail –

Scotlands People –

The Scottish War Memorials Project –



Compiled by Morag Fyfe, Historical and Genealogical Researcher for The Friends of Glasgow Necropolis.

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