John McDonald Mowat

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John McDonald Mowat
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BornJohn McDonald Mowat
February 17, 1872
Kingston, Ontario, Canada
DiedOctober 7, 1916(1916-10-07) (aged 44)
Vimy, France, World War I
Resting placeKingston, Ontario
OccupationLawyer, soldier
Alma materQueen's University
RelativesJohn Mowat, John Bower Mowat, Angus McGill Mowat, Farley Mowat, Sir Oliver Mowat
Military career
Allegiance Canada
Service/branch Canadian Army
Years of service1914–1916 (his death)
UnitFourth Battalion, First Division Canadian Expeditionary Force
Battles/warsBattle of Vimy Ridge
RelationsAngus McGill Mowat

John McDonald Mowat (February 17, 1872 – October 7, 1916) was a lawyer and politician in Ontario, Canada. He served as mayor of Kingston from 1906 to 1907.[1]

Known as Major John, the son of John Bower Mowat and Emma McDonald,[1] he was called to the Ontario bar in 1898. Mowat practised law in Kingston and later in Vancouver, British Columbia.[2] He ran unsuccessfully for the Kingston seat in the Canadian House of Commons in 1911, losing to William Folger Nickle.[3] He went overseas as a Major with a Vancouver regiment during World War I and was killed in action at the age of 44.[1]

His nephew Angus McGill Mowat also served in World War I, and his great-nephew is Canadian author Farley Mowat.

His name is inscribed on the Vimy Memorial.[4]


  1. ^ a b c "Mowat, John McDonald, 1872-1916". Archives Association of Ontario.
  2. ^ "World War I Memorial Honour Roll". Law Society of Upper Canada.
  3. ^ "Kingston, Ontario (1867 - 1924)". History of Federal Ridings since 1867. Library of Parliament.
  4. ^ "John McDonald Mowat". Canadian Virtual War Memorial. Veterans Affairs Canada.