Shot Through The Heart – David Fowler 1895-1915

David Fowler was killed in action in Gallipoli on 12 July 1915. David and I are descendants of Robert Symington and Alison Anderson who were his great grandparents and my 4x great grandparents.

Ancestry can provide a fair bit of information in relation to military service. It was through the site that I first learned of his death. From there I checked the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website which honours the 1.7 million men and women of the Commonwealth forces who were killed during the First and Second World Wars. There I was able to download this certificate.

From there I checked the newspapers and found the above article which gives more information about how David died. It may have been of some comfort to his father knowing that his death was instantaneous but I find it incredibly sad.

David was one of 9 children. He was born in Catrine, Ayrshire. By the time he enlisted in the Royal Scots Fusiliers he had lost his mother, Martha and elder sister, Helen. He had known some tough times but had his whole life ahead of him. The newspapers describes him as “a young man of fine physique”. His loss would have been felt greatly in his family and in the small community where he lived. I doubt that his family would ever have been able to visit his grave but he is also commemorated on the Catrine war memorial.

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