William Vern Cowan, Spr.

Map point: Family farm in 1944 - Lot 25, Conc 2, Stanhope

Date of birth: 31 Jul 1923

Birthplace: Minden, Ontario

Residence and Occupation at time of enlistment: Maple Lake, Lumber work and Farmer

Enlistment date and place: 4 Nov 1942, Toronto

Service Branch: Army

Unit: Royal Canadian Engineers, 5th Field Company

Service #: B135025

Notes on war service: He trained at Petawawa, then proceeded overseas in July 1943. He was posted to Europe in Jun 1944.

Killed in action? : Yes -  8 Jul 1944

Overseas burial location: Beny-Sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, Calvados, France

Link to Settlers of Algonquin Highlands Family Tree website

Information source: Library and Archives Canada WW2 Service Files of War Dead, 1939 - 1947 (viewable on Ancestry.ca)

Photo Information & source: Stanhope Museum Collection (Accession # 011.01.01)

Photo 2: William & Vera Cowan Family – Vern (killed overseas in 1944), Berta Evelyn (Peter’s mother), Mary (Cox), Basil John (Jack). Vern came home from leave in spring 1944, got Ethel Cummings pregnant, died, and she married his older brother, John/Jack. Peter only found out that his cousin was the son of the uncle. Source: Peter Hewiitt's Photo Collection 3719