In Memory of Private WILLIAM NICHOLSON LOWNIE 805103, 87th Bn., Canadian Infantry (Quebec Regiment) who died age 26 on 30 March 1918 Son of William and Annie Lownie; husband of Elizabeth Gertrude Lownie, of 1316, Lansdowne Avenue West, Toronto, Canada. Native of Scotland. Remembered with honour HOUCHIN BRITISH CEMETERY William Nicholson Lownie enlisted with the 136th Battalion at Port Hope early in the winter of 1915-16. His preliminary training was received at the point of mobilization at Port Hope and subsequently he "carried on" at Barriefield and Valcartier. He left for overseas with his unit in September 1916 and completed his training in the 39th Depot Battalion in England. He was transferred to the 87th Battalion in France and went through the famous Vimy Ridge battle in April 1917 and the subsequent engagements in which the Canadians took an active part. In the great March offensive of the enemy in 1918, he was mortally wounded. He fell on the 27th of that month suffering from wounds which necessitated the amputation of both legs in No. 6 Clearing Station. He was unable to stand the shock and loss of blood and died in the early morning of 30 March 1918. An officer writing home to his wife spoke most appreciatively of his fighting qualities as a soldier, his cleverness and daring. He left a wife and one child, born after his enlistment. His body is buried at Houchin British Cemetery at Nouex-les-Mines, France. http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/...rval=20&&PHPSESSID=pd461vcckdi2t0cfi1uvh49r73 No.6 CCS (Sister i/c: Miss J. Fyfe, QAIMNSR) Ruitz This unit was never shelled or bombed though enemy aircraft passed overhead. http://www.scarletfinders.co.uk/89.html In memory of Private WILLIAM NICHOLSON LOWNIE who died on March 30, 1918 No. 6 Casualty Clearing Stn, France Service Number - 805103 Age - 25 Force - Army Unit - Canadian Infantry (Manitoba Regiment) Division - 87th Bn. Date of Birth - October 6, 1892 Aberdeen, Scotland Date of Enlistment - January 2, 1915 Port Hope, Ontario, Canada Son of William Nicholson and Annie Lownie of Port Hope, Ontario. Husband of Elizabeth Gertrude Lownie, of Toronto, Ontario.