William J. Cowen (William Joseph Cowen)

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New York City, New York, USA
William J. Cowen served in the Canadian Expeditionary Force in the First World War, starting in the Infantry (5th Canadian Mounted Rifles), and serving in France with the Fort Garry Horse. He achieved the rank of Lieutenant was wounded three times during the course of the war. He was awarded the Military Cross for his actions at the battle of Cambrai, 20 November 1917. After the war, he went to Russia, possibly in the service of the US government, where he was captured by the Bolsheviks, and sentenced to death fro being a "spy, bourgeois and a speculator". Read more...