Captain Roderick George Alastair Gow

Royal Regiment of Artillery, attd 2nd Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment - Service number 121290

Born: May 1st 1920
Died: September 19th 1944

He was the elder son of James Cuthbert Gow and his wife Katherine Wood and was born in Sheffield. His mother was a daughter of Benjamin George Wood of Sheffield, a steel manufacturer. James Gow was a son of Professor the Reverend James Gow, Headmaster of Westminster School 1901-1919.

James C. Gow with his parents and two brothers had been present in Westminster Abbey at the Crowning of Edward V11. His brother Roderick Charles Alastair was killed in 1916 and one may surmise that the baby was named for his uncle.

R.G.A was educated at Winchester where he played cricket for the school in the 1938 season and Matriculated in the same year. He spent one year at Christ Church.

He enlisted and was granted an emergency commission in the Royal Regiment of Artillery on February 24th 1940. He became a full Lieutenant on August 24th 1941 and was raised to Captain on April 12th 1943.

He was attached to the 2nd Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment taking part in Operation Market Garden. He was dropped at Arnhem and killed on September 19th 1944.

He is buried in the Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery Plot 15. C. 7.

His parents were living in Regents Park, London.