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Old 3rd July 2018, 11:53   #1
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William George Cowling. Where in the world?

William George Cowling was born in Devon on 27 Sept 1877. His parents were Henry and Mary Ann (Doidge).

He emigrated to Canada in 1904, heading for Toronto. He was then single and a stone mason/bricklayer by occupation.

I have not found him on the 1911 census, either in Canada or Britain, nor found any evidence that he returned Britain at a later date. There is no record of him crossing into America or arriving at Ellis Island, and no entry on Family Search later than 1904.

He had an uncle in N Z until his death in 1912. Might he have travelled "down under"?

My cousin has a photograph endorsed "William's wife". Unfortunately the bottom margin where the photographer's details would normally be found is damaged and nothing can be discerned. She appears to be 30ish.

Not be confused with other Canadian of the same name. I have no great expectations but have exhausted nearly all other avenues. Any suggestions will be carefully considered.

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Re: William George Cowling. Where in the world?

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William George
Last name
Cowling
Soldier Number
766793
Year Of Birth
1877
Date Of Birth
14 Sep 1877
Document Number
41373
Record set
Canadian Expeditonary Force Attestations 1914-1918
Archive Reference
RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 2077 - 24
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Armed forces & conflict
Subcategory
First World War
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Re: William George Cowling. Where in the world?

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irst name(s)
William George
Last name
Cowling
Soldier Number
766793
Year Of Birth
1877
Date Of Birth
14 Sep 1877
Document Number
41373
Record set
Canadian Expeditonary Force Attestations 1914-1918
Archive Reference
RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 2077 - 24
Category
Armed forces & conflict
Subcategory
First World War
Collections from
United Kingdom, Overseas / Unknown
This fella was born in Canada and his mother is Elizabeth Ann Cowling. So not the right fella.

http://central.bac-lac.gc.ca/.item/?...&id=B2077-S024

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Re: William George Cowling. Where in the world?

There is a carpenter of Campbell's Creek in Victoria.

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/200494282

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/242246734

That one looks to be ruled out by this 1941 death.

COWLING William George - James & Mary Ann (Harris) b. CAMPBELLS CREEK d. CASTLEMAINE Age75

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Re: William George Cowling. Where in the world?

I've been here before and he could not be found?

edit-"His brother, John, travelled to Canada three times between 1911-14 and visited St Thomas, Elgin West; London; Cobalt and North Bay, Ontario but I have no idea if he had any contact with William."

His father died in India


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Re: William George Cowling. Where in the world?

Thanks, each, for taking the trouble to look.

As Ellie points out, I have been looking for this guy for some while now, using various avenues, and getting nowhere. Every now and then I come at it from a different angle, just hoping against hope that something might turn up. I guess the time is fast approaching when I shall have accept that he is not to be found.

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Re: William George Cowling. Where in the world?

I woundn't say that, more records come online all the time. I would work round about him ,doing the rest of his siblings.

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Do you know what his Father was doing in India?

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I woundn't say that, more records come online all the time. I would work round about him ,doing the rest of his siblings.

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Yes, I know. That's what keeps me going


Do you know what his Father was doing in India?
He was working for The Gold Fields of Mysore as a miner and died out there.

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Re: William George Cowling. Where in the world?

Yeah, I remember some of the earlier attempts we had on your chap... Never getting past 1904

There is this from the OGS, there are a couple of possibilities worth checking, if it's possible..

HERE

Link has been checked.

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EDIT: It is Just an Index, you can re-search using variants, it should point to where you can find info re your searches.

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Re: William George Cowling. Where in the world?

Thanks, Geoff. I'll follow up the OGS suggestion. That's one avenue that I've not previously explored. It's encouraging to have somewhere new to look.

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