CEF Soldier Detail

Lieutenant Angus McGill Mowat
Died: September 21, 1977

Regimental Number:
Survived War:
Canadian Infantry
4th Battalion
Place of Birth:
Trenton, Ontario
Next of Kin:
Robert McGill Mowat, Father. Trenton Ontario
Address at Enlistment:
Trenton Ontario
Date of Birth:
November 19, 1892
Trade or Calling:
Marital Status:
Prior Military Experience:
Place of Enlistment:
Kingston, Ontario
Date of Enlistment:
November 28, 1914
Age at enlistment:
5 Feet 5 Inches
35 Inches
3 Inches
Church of England
Enlisted or Conscripted:
Saw service in:
Cause of Death:
Battle Died/Wounded:
Wounded in right forearm, which became disabled in April 1917
Date of Death:
September 21, 1977
Age at Death:
Buried at:
Sophiasburgh Cemetery, Sophiasburgh, Ontario
Saint Georges Cemetery, Trenton, Ontario
Prisoner of war:
Ethnic Origin:
LAC Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 1Box 6449 - 69
Rank Regiment Unit Company
Lieutenant Canadian Infantry 4th Battalion
Sapper Canadian Engineers 6th Field Company

Son of Robert McGill Mowat(1856-1942) and Mary Mowat (nee Jones)(1858-1933); husband of Anne Helen Lilian Mowat (nee Thomson)(1896-1984) married May 28, 1919; husband of Barbara Mowat (fomerly Hutchinson)(1926-1993); father of Farley McGill Mowat(1921-2014).

Angus Mowat was in the Trenton High School Cadet Corps then went to Queens University, full-time from 1912 to 1914 and finally graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1931 (after taking part time courses from 1926 to 1931 including Librarian courses). Angus joined the Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment in 1921 as a Cadet Corps Officer and Assistant to Trenton Cadet Corps Commanding Officer Lorne Douglas Foster until July 1928. Angus Mowat was appointed Chief Librarian of Trenton on July 16, 1922 after the retirement of Mrs. Pattee. Next he became Chief Librarian of Belleville in 1928, and joined the Reserve of Officers as a Major on July 23, 1928 when he left Trenton. Angus was Chief Librarian of Windsor in 1930 and Chief Librarian of Saskatoon from 1932 until July 1937 when this family moved to Toronto Ontario. From September 1939 until the fall of 1941 Angus Mowat was a Major in the 2nd Battalion, Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment in charge of the Trenton Company Headquarters at Trenton Armouries (that was leased by Mayor W A Fraser in 1938 to become the wartime Trenton Armouries as it was an unused Trenton Cooperage Building. After WW2 this building became the Trenton Legion).Major Mowat was in 1941 posted to District Military Headquarters in Kingston Ontario as a  Recruiting Officer for  Kingston Military District until 1943 when he was posted to Army Headquarters in Ottawa to head up a book distribution program for Troops in Canada. In 1944 Angus was discharged and he returned to Toronto as an Ontario Library Inspector that he left from after joining in 1937 and relocating to Toronto. Angus was promoted in 1959 to Director before retiring in 1960. Angus continued to develop library service to First Nations peoples on Ontario reservations until 1965. Angus Mowat died in the village of Northport (near Kingston) on September 21, 1977.

In the Great War, he joined the 6th Field Company, Canadian Engineers in August 1914 and attested for overseas service November 28, 1914. He was later commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the 4th Battalion in 1917 (Angus was in Queens University Canadian Officer Training Corps from 1912 until 1914). Angus McGill Mowat received a Masters degree in English from the University of Saskatchewan in 1935. Angus married Anne Helen Lilian Thomson on May 28, 1919 in Port Arthur (Thunder Bay) and they later divorced about 1964. He married librarian Barbara Hutchinson and adopted her 2 children- John and Mary. Angus who was also living at RR 2 Picton was given a Scottish Military funeral by the Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment accompanied by a piper at Northport on Friday September 30, 1977. Farley McGill Mowat (May 12, 1921-May 6, 2014), the Canadian author, was the only child of Angus and Helen Mowat. Helen (1896-1984) after Angus retirement in 1960 both relocated from Toronto to Port Hope. Helen gave son Farley their Port Hope home (after Angus moved out and divorced in 1964) at the time of her death in 1984. Angus McGill Mowat is buried in the Sophiasburgh Cemetery and remembered in the Saint Georges Cemetery in Trenton Ontario near his father and mother. Barbara relocated from Prince Edward county to Inglewood where she lived until her death in 1993