Pte
Franklin Erwin Cowan

Information about birth

Date of birth:
03/04/1896
Place of birth:
MAN, Thornhill, Canada

General information

Profession:
Student, Teacher
Religion:
Presbyterian

Army information

Country:
Canada
Force:
Canadian Expeditionary Force
Rank:
Private
Service number:
907529
Enlistment date:
27/03/1916
Enlistment place:
Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Units:
 —  Canadian Machine Gun Corps, 4th Coy.  (Last known unit)

Information about death

Date of death:
09/11/1917
Place of death:
Passchendaele, Belgium
Cause of death:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)
Age:
21

Memorial

Distinctions and medals 2

Additional information

Franklin was one of three brothers of Thornhill, Manitoba who went off to the Great War. He enlisted in march 1916 in Regina, Saskatchewan, where he studied to become a teacher. Franklin was taken on by the 4th Canadian Machine Gun Company, of the 2nd Canadian Division, in the spring of 1917.

On 10 November 1917, the Canadians carry out a last large-scale attack to the north of Passchendaele. Only the 1st Division goes into action, while the 2nd Division holds positions in the ruined village.

While preparing their positions at Passchendaele on 9 November 1917, Franklin was killed by relentless German shellfire. He was only 21 years old.

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