Lieutenant Joseph MacGowan
MB CM (Glas 1895) MD (Glas 1905)
1871 – 18 Sep 1915 [Malta]
Lieutenant Joseph MacGowan was from Kirkintilloch. He was educated at Glasgow where be took the MB and CM in 1895, and the MD in 1905.
In 1898, he had settled in practice at Grangemouth, where he was medical officer of the North District, Grangemouth Parish Council, and also to the Shipping Federation. He took a great interest in public affairs and was for many years a member of the school board, of which he was thrice chairman. He was also chairman of the local Liberal Association and a member and elder of the West United Free Church.
14 Apr 1915 Granted a temporary commission in the RAMC with the rank of Lieutenant.
1915 On duty at St George's Hospital which was opened in St George's Barracks on 6 May 1915, with 840 beds for the casualties and sick from the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force.
The number of sick and wounded treated in Malta from May 1915 up to February 1919 was: 2,538 officers, 14 nursing sisters, and 55,439 other ranks, a total of 57,991 from the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, and 2,930 officers, 467 nursing sisters, and 74,733 other ranks, a total of 78,130, from the Salonica Expeditionary Force.
18 Sep 1915 Died of dysentery, after a short illness, aged 44 years. He left a widow, Dr Margaret Arnott MacGowan MD, of 63 Edgemount Gardens, Langside, Glasgow, and three children.
- Obituary, Br Med J (1915), 2 (2856); 486 (Published 25 September 1915).
- Macpherson W G, 1921. History of The Great War Medical Services General History Vol I, HMSO London.